June 21, 2006

run out of steam

Posted in Idioms at 10:07 am by Feng

run out of steam — to lose the energy or interest to continue [freedict]

At yesterday's seminar was an invited talk on the mobile phone security. The speaker was busy answering questions from the audience during the Q&A session. When I started worrying that the session would never end and we would have to miss the approaching England vs Sweden wold-cup match, the audience suddenly fell into silence. "Since we have run out of steam," the host spoke conclusively, "let's thank the speaker."

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