thin out



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thin out (third-person singular simple present thins out, present participle thinning out, simple past and past participle thinned out)

  1. (transitive) To make sparse; to remove some of a group of newly-planted plants in order to allow the remaining ones to grow unimpeded
  2. (intransitive) To become sparse.
    • 1975, Bob Dylan, Tangled Up in Blue
      And later on, when the crowd thinned out
      I was just about to do the same
      She was standing there in back of my chair
      Said to me, "Don't I know your name?"


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