fall away
  1. (intransitive) To cease to support a person or cause.
    After the divorce, all his friends fell away one by one.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Luke 8:13 ↗:
      These […] for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
  2. (intransitive) To diminish in size, weight, or intensity.
    • 1697, Joseph Addison, Essay on Virgil's Georgics
      One colour falls away by just degrees, and another rises insensibly.
  3. To perish; to vanish; to be lost.
    • 2020 August 21, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “FRIDAY, August 10, 2020 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 111, London: J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, OCLC 1026609121 ↗; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, Carefully Revised, in Six Volumes: With Prefaces Historical and Biographical, volume 2, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697 ↗:
      How […] can the soul […] fall away into nothing?
  4. To get worse.

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