peter out

Definition of peter out

informal

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

peterplay
  1. :  to diminish gradually and come to an end :  give out

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball


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