peter out

phrasal verb

petered out; petering out; peters out
informal
: to gradually become smaller, weaker, or less before stopping or ending
Their romantic relationship petered out after the summer.
Interest in the sport is beginning to peter out.

Examples of peter out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This kind of specialization, where common algorithms once run as software on CPUs are made faster by recreating them in hardware, has been thought of as a way to keep computing from stagnating after Moore’s Law peters out in one or two more chip generations. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Feb. 2019 The fate of Hinkley Point and another project, planned on England’s east coast in the village Sizewell, could determine whether the nuclear momentum in Britain gathers pace or peters out. Stanley Reed, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Instead of letting that relationship peter out, re-create regular interaction with a former colleague to help ensure the relationship lasts. Aliza Knox, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Flood watch and wind advisory for Sacramento region The Sacramento Valley and foothills are under a flood watch until early Wednesday morning, when the storm is predicted to peter out. Savanna Smith, Sacramento Bee, 19 Feb. 2024 Yet growth will slow by roughly 50% next year to 1.1 million barrels a day as that rebound peters out, and consumers turn to more efficient or electric vehicles. Grant Smith, Fortune Europe, 14 Dec. 2023 But the scent peters out atop a tower of rock in the creek bed. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 1 Feb. 2024 And when the wind doesn’t blow, production from wind farms peters out. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Jan. 2024 That gives me so much joy, because nobody wants their songs to just peter out. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019

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“Peter out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peter%20out. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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