to run out of steam

steam-power

 

Do you know the phrase “to run out of steam“?

Look at the examples. Can you guess the meaning?

 

Example 1:

A: How was Peter’s presentation?

B: It started off well, but towards the end he ran out of steam. I think he was tired.

 

Example 2:

A: Are you still studying Russian?

B: Not really. I was very motivated at first, but it got really difficult. I ran out of steam after my second test.

A: Don’t give up! Everything is difficult until you get used to it!

 

Meaning: to lose energy, motivation or interest in something. 🙂