tail off

This page is about the phrasal verb tail off.

Meaning: to gradually become less in amount or lower in level

Synonym: taper off, dwindle

For example:

  • tail off At first the book sold very well, but after a few months sales tailed off and now we only sell a few copies.

  • tail off We had many enquiries on the day the ad appeared, but they tailed off over the next few days.

Quick Quiz:

The number of visitors to the website has tailed off, and now there are

a. very few visitors

b. more visitors than ever

c. a few more than before

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Contributor: Matt Errey