to die out



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - die out

"to die out"

for an idea, practice, style, etc. - to gradually diminish and cease over time

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - die out

"to die out"

for a species or family - to perish totally because of the failure to produce offspring

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - die out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You know, I have not seen a wooden pencil in years.

Colleague 2:  The office started using mechanical pencils back in the eighties but some people did not fully embrace the idea of mechanical pencils until the nineties.

Colleague 1:  So the use of wooden pencils died out in the nineties.

Colleague 2:  Exactly.

Colleague 1:  I guess that is why I never see a wooden pencil, then.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - die out

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  So the current theory is that a very large meteor struck the earth and caused the extinction of thousands of species of dinosaurs. Is that correct?

Student 2:  Yes, apparently the meteor caused most of the dinosaurs and, for that matter, most of life on earth to die out.

Student 1:  Interesting.





to die out - Usage:

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to die out - Gerund Form:

Dying out is not the worst thing that can happen with a bad practice.

Dying out, the last few members of the species were put in a zoo.



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