to run out of steam meaning?

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What's the meaning of "to run out of steam" idiom? Please give me some examples!

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Idiom Scenario 1:


Sam started running in a marathon this morning.  He has been running for just over four hours.  Sam has run twenty kilometers but his energy level is starting to decrease rapidly.  His speed is slowing and he is not smiling anymore.
Sam is running out of steam.

 


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Idiom Definition:


"to run out of steam"
for a person - to have no physical energy or interest to continue
for a thing - to lose momentum and slowly stop
 
Synonyms: beat, bushed, drained, empty, enervated, exhaust, exhausted, fatigue, fatigued, flagging, pooped, spent, tire, tired, wasted, wearied, weary
 
 


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Idiom Scenario 2:


A local elementary school decided to institute a "Healthy Food Only" policy on the school.  At first, the administration of the school and the various parent groups were very enthusiastic about the idea.  They made plans to change the school cafeteria menu to include healthier foods.  They had the vending machines restocked with healthy foods.  Some of the plans were implemented but over time, the administration and the parents slowed down and finally stopped with the plan. The "Healthy Food Only" idea ran out of steam.

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Idiom Usage:

"To run out of steam" gives the idea that something or someone started strong, with vigor and then, over time, the person or idea lost momentum or energy and the person stopped or the idea was not as popular.
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Running out of steam half way through an important meeting is not a good way to impress your boss.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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