Become thinner or narrower at one end, as in The road began to taper off until it was just a narrow path. [c. 1600]
Diminish or lessen gradually, end by degrees, as in The storm finally tapered off. [Mid-1800s]
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Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
The off-year special election into which Duke threw himself drew little media notice at first.
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A far-off volley rumbled over the plain, and a few birds stirred uneasily among the trees.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Jean was to be an architect—God knows why—but Aristide settled it, definitely, off-hand.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
In favorable parts of the trail he must do better than that, to off-set losses of time where the going was most difficult.
There was something about the man that Matt liked, in spite of the deceit he had practised at the start-off of their acquaintance.
She did not take the broad, beaten road which led to the far-off plantation of Valmonde.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin