The Internet has been reduced to a trickle, newspapers shut down.
Looks like the man is doing well for himself, although his book royalties are, well, a trickle instead of a stream.
The bottom line: a four-decade flood of illegal immigration through our southern border has been slowed to a trickle.
late 14c., possibly a shortened variant of stricklen "to trickle," a frequentative form of striken "to flow, move" (see strike). Related: Trickled; trickling. Trickle-down as an adjectival phrase in an economic sense first recorded 1944; the image had been in use at least since Teddy Roosevelt.
1570s, from trickle (v.).