on the wane

idiom

: becoming smaller or less
Her popularity was on the wane.

Examples of on the wane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The formation of huge blackbird flocks is a sure sign summer is on the wane. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Also on the wane in the royal wardrobe: prints—previously a cornerstone of Kate’s looks. Emma Spedding, Vogue, 22 Dec. 2023 The goal in both Russia and Iran will be to ensure a high turnout, to avoid any impression that support for the authorities is on the wane. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Jan. 2024 The Hines brothers inherited a tap-dance tradition on the wane and, decades later, had a lot to do with bringing it back into the public consciousness. Brian Seibert, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2024 Nearly two years into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, American support for the beleaguered country is on the wane. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2023 But with job gains slowing from an average of 399,000 a month over the course of last year to 232,000 so far this year, workers’ historic surge in bargaining power during the post-pandemic rebound is now on the wane. Brian Cheung, NBC News, 9 Dec. 2023 Superhero films have been the most notable under-performers, but U.S. studio franchises across the board have been on the wane in China this year. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Demand for other languages like Clojure, Haskell, and Visual Basic is also on the wane. IEEE Spectrum, 18 July 2017 See More

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“On the wane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20wane. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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