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Peter out   /pˈitər aʊt/   Listen
Peter out

End weakly.  Synonyms: fizzle, fizzle out, taper off.
Use up all one's strength and energy and stop working.  Synonyms: conk out, poop out, run down, run out.

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"Peter out" Quotes from Famous Books

... the pavement ends. Beyond that sidewalks too, listlessly peter out. A young, but enthusiastically growing ditch is beginning to separate path from street. Houses begin to take on a more ...
— Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2 • Works Projects Administration

... masters of merchantmen. The guests as they arrived were announced by Mr Janrin's own servant, Peter Klopps, who always waited on these occasions. Peter was himself a character. He was a Dutchman. Mr Janrin had engaged his services many years before during a visit to Holland. He had picked Peter out of a canal, or Peter had picked him out, on a dark night—I never could understand which had rendered the service to the other; at all events, it had united them ever afterwards, and Peter had afterwards nursed ...
— James Braithwaite, the Supercargo - The Story of his Adventures Ashore and Afloat • W.H.G. Kingston

... being bad, the goodness in each man and in each class in America, which now takes the form of telling other men and other classes, they ought to be good—the goodness in each man which in our present system he bottles up until a more convenient season, or lets peter out into good advice, will under our new machine or our modified system, be allowed to the man himself. No man with things as they are now going, can feel quite safe just now with his own private goodness. He has to run to the labor unions ...
— The Ghost in the White House • Gerald Stanley Lee

Words linked to "Peter out" :   pall, weary, fatigue, discontinue, tire, jade

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