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run out of steam

Meaning: If someone runs out of steam, they run out of energy or enthusiasm. If something runs out of steam, it loses momentum and slows down.

For example:

  • Steve started the game well, but he ran out of steam towards the end. He needs to work on his fitness.

  • Hillary's campaign ran out of steam when it became clear there was no way she could win the nomination.

Quick Quiz:

Grandma was having a great time at the party, but I could see she was running out of steam by about ten o'clock, so I
  1. offered to take her home
  2. asked her cook everyone a nice meal
  3. told her to sing and dance around to liven up the party

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