off the boil


British, informal
: into a state that is less good than before
After two hit singles, the band went off the boil and eventually disbanded.

Examples of off the boil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And there's no need to get a thermometer; just let your water kettle ($16, Amazon) rest off the boil for 30 to 45 seconds. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Jan. 2024 Bitcoin, after storming through much of October, has somewhat come off the boil with the bitcoin price falling back from highs of around $67,000. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Taken together, the figures paint a picture of an economy that is, at long last, coming off the boil. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2023 There was a Labor Department report that jobless claims rose a bit in the latest week, matching economists’ estimates and suggesting that a still-strong job market is coming off the boil. Heard Editors, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2022 Act 1 is far stronger here than Act 2; the first half of the show is filled with compelling staging ideas and rich, specific acting, whereas things fall off the boil considerably in Act 2, when the choices become more general and feel less distinct, as if the show ran out of time in rehearsal. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 13 Oct. 2022 That combination should eventually take inflation off the boil. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021 Ethereum has also struggled to make headway, with its rally coming off the boil at just over the $4,000 per ether mark. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Other goals might have followed but the Baggies held firm and Liverpool went off the boil, unable to test Johnstone. Paul Gittings, CNN, 27 Dec. 2020

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“Off the boil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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