To fizzle out

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To fizzle out to burn with a hissing noise and then go out, like wet gunpowder;
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Usage

In literature:

If I 'm to fizzle out, the sooner I know it the better.
"Roderick Hudson" by Henry James
It looked as if the great assault threatened for that night were going to fizzle out.
"The Secret Agent" by Joseph Conrad
They tried to once, but it fizzled out, and nobody really cares.
"The Riddle of the Sands" by Erskine Childers
An attempt by Messrs. MACDONALD and SNOWDEN to keep the Stockholm fires burning quickly fizzled out.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Aug. 22, 1917" by Various
It seems to me that whatever we do seems all right at first, and then fizzles out.
"What Might Have Been Expected" by Frank R. Stockton
Joe said Nat intimated that he was going to make the affair turn out a fizzle.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
But the visit to de Courtois fizzled out unexpectedly.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
When it comes to the weather I never believe anything until it happens, and then, like as not it turns out a fizzle.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
But if I should fizzle out and never amount to anything!
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
Do you mean to tell me the whole damn thing's goin' to fizzle out this way, King?
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
When we tried to take off they just fizzled out their insides.
"Big Pill" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
But to-night his best stories fizzled out to lame and impotent conclusions.
"Prince Charlie" by Burford Delannoy
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In news:

Old direct marketing products fizzle out as nation's newest, most promising one is introduced to greater Atanta area - promising thousands of dollars per week income to those who secure top positions at initial stage for only $60 per month.
After reports Thursday of the storm fizzling out, a surge of activity prompted space weather forecasters to issue alerts about changes in the magnetic field .
I've learned the hard way that although New Year's resolutions can be a great way to make a fresh start, if you set unrealistic goals they'll likely fizzle out after a few months.
Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and the new-look Lakers fizzle in regular-season debut, a stunning 99-91 loss to Mavericks that brings out the boo birds at Staples.
Soaring Fuel Prices and a Fizzling Economy Have Made It a Jungle Out There, But This Year's Winner Is Easy to See for the Trees.
) might turn out to be a fizzle.
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