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  • v. To dwindle; to tail off; to diminish to nothing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
  • v. end weakly


1846 US miners’ slang, from 1812 peter ("to become exhausted"). Various speculative etymologies have been suggested, either from St. Peter (from sense of “rock”), French péter ("to fart"), or saltpeter (ingredient in gunpowder, hence used in mining).[2][3][4][5] (Wiktionary)


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