run out of steam

run out of steam
British, informal, American & Australian, informal to suddenly lose the energy or interest to continue doing what you are doing.

She'd been talking for two hours and was just starting to run out of steam.

I worked really well for two months of the project then I suddenly ran out of gas.

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  • run out of steam — (informal) To be forced to stop through loss of impetus, strength or energy • • • Main Entry: ↑steam * * * run out of/lose/steam phrase to lose energy, enthusiasm, or importance David seems to be running out of steam …   Useful english dictionary

  • run out of steam — ► run out of steam informal lose impetus or enthusiasm. Main Entry: ↑steam …   English terms dictionary

  • run out of steam — verb To run out of energy; to run out of motivation. After climbing six flights of stairs she found she had run out of steam and had to sit down …   Wiktionary

  • run out of steam —    (of a male)    to be sexually impotent    The imagery is of an engine which has exhausted its fuel:     ... normal except they ve run out of steam and can t make it with a woman any more. (Hailey, 1979) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • run out of steam — run out of power or energy, run out of fuel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • run out of steam — Meaning Run out of energy. Origin Steam engines gradually slow and then stop when the fire that powers the boiler is too low to produce steam …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • run out of steam —    If you say that a person, a process or an organized event is running out of steam, you mean that there is a loss if impetus, energy or enthusiasm.     The anti immigrant movement seems to be running out of steam …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • run out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you run out of something, you have no more of it left. to run out of steam → see steam [V P of n] They have run out of ideas... [V P of n] We re running out of time... [V …   English dictionary

  • run out of (or lose) steam — informal lose impetus or enthusiasm. → steam …   English new terms dictionary

  • steam — ► NOUN 1) the hot vapour into which water is converted when heated, which condenses in the air into a mist of minute water droplets. 2) the expansive force of this vapour used as a source of power for machines. 3) momentum; impetus: the dispute… …   English terms dictionary

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