(adverb, usually intr) to decrease or cause to decrease in quantity, degree, etc, esp graduallyhis interest in collecting stamps tailed off over the years
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ebb, wane, dwindle, reduce, soften, curb, weaken, decline, ease, subside, slash, curtail, shrink, depreciate, deteriorate, slump, sink, abate, diminish, lower
- tail end,
- tail fan,
- tail fin,
- tail fold,
- tail gate,
- tail out,
- tail plane,
- tail rotor,
- tail skid,
- tail wagging the dog, the
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Also, tail away. Diminish gradually, subside, as in The fireworks tailed off into darkness. [Mid-1800s]
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