taper off

taper off
{v.} 1. To come to an end little by little; become smaller toward the end. * /The river tapers off here and becomes a brook./ 2. To stop a habit gradually; do something less and less often. * /Robert gave up smoking all at once instead of tapering off./ Contrast: COLD TURKEY.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • taper off — index subside Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • taper off — verb 1. end weakly (Freq. 1) The music just petered out there was no proper ending • Syn: ↑peter out, ↑fizzle out, ↑fizzle • Hypernyms: ↑discontinue • …   Useful english dictionary

  • taper off — to gradually lessen. The price of gasoline should taper off in the fall. The rain will taper off by morning and the afternoon should be sunny …   New idioms dictionary

  • taper off — verb To diminish or lessen gradually; to become smaller, slower, quieter, etc. Months after they printed the article, the number of angry letters finally started to taper off …   Wiktionary

  • taper off — come to an end little by little, become smaller toward the end The rain began to taper off early in the afternoon …   Idioms and examples

  • taper off — verb Date: 1848 taper < housing starts tapered off in the fall > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • taper off — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. recede, rescind, diminish; see decrease 2 , taper …   English dictionary for students

  • taper off — see taper 2) …   English dictionary

  • taper off — gradually lessen. → taper …   English new terms dictionary

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