tail off

World English Dictionary
tail off or tail away
 
vb
(adverb, usually intr) to decrease or cause to decrease in quantity, degree, etc, esp gradually: his interest in collecting stamps tailed off over the years
 
tail away or tail away
 
vb

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tail off

Also, tail away. Diminish gradually, subside, as in The fireworks tailed off into darkness. [Mid-1800s]

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