run out of gas

vp To lose interest or momentum. The politician ran out of gasduring the campaign. 1940s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • run out of gas — If a campaign, project, etc, runs out of gas, it loses energy and momentum, and progress slows or halts …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • run out of gas — in. to lose momentum or interest. □ His program is running out of gas. □ I hope I don’t run out of gas before I finish what I set out to do …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • run out of gas —    If a campaign, project, etc, runs out of gas, it loses energy and momentum, and progress slows or halts.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • run out of gas — to lose the energy or interest to continue. I think our team ran out of gas toward the end of the game s first quarter. Etymology: based on the idea that when a vehicle has no more fuel it will stop moving …   New idioms dictionary

  • Run out of gas —   If a campaign, project, etc, runs out of gas, it loses energy and momentum, and progress slows or halts …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • run out of gas — informal run out of energy; lose momentum …   Useful english dictionary

  • run out of gas — v. tire; lose interest …   English slang

  • out of gas — {adv. phr.} 1. Out of fuel (said of automobiles). * /Be sure you don t run out of gas when you go on a long distance trip by car./ 2. Rundown; depleted of energy; in poor physical condition. * /Mary said she had to take a break from her job as… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of gas — {adv. phr.} 1. Out of fuel (said of automobiles). * /Be sure you don t run out of gas when you go on a long distance trip by car./ 2. Rundown; depleted of energy; in poor physical condition. * /Mary said she had to take a break from her job as… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run out — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To be used up] Syn. give out, dry up, fail, be exhausted, peter out*; see also waste 3 . 2. [To stop] Syn. expire, finish, end; see stop 2 . 3. [To become exhausted] Syn. weaken, wear out, run out of gas*; see tire 1 . 4.… …   English dictionary for students

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