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peter out

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Idioms and Phrases

Dwindle or diminish and come to an end, as in Their enthusiasm soon petered out . The origin of this usage is unknown, but one authority suggests it may refer to the apostle Peter, whose enthusiastic support of Jesus quickly diminished so that he denied knowing him three times during the night after Jesus's arrest. [Mid-1800s]

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Example Sentences

By doing that, Bratton has said publicly, he expects that eventually the protests will “peter out on their own.”

Before Christmas, though, she began to peter out 'n' git slack-twisted.

In towns, cities an' sich places yer nat'ral senses peter out.

Then stores began to fail, including soap and kerosene, and writing-paper and ink threatened to "peter out."

But he is good looking and they say he has money, and anyway, the Eustaces won't peter out in old maids.

He'll have to pass you somewhere, because Elijah will begin to peter out after he's gone half a mile.


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