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Describing a car or other form of transport that is running very low on fuel.

Also an euphimism for very tired.
1. Its lucky we found this garage, look at the fuel guage, we were running on fumes.

2. The runner finished the marathon but later said to reporters that towards the end that he was 'running on fumes'.
by Blue Cawdrey November 27, 2004
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Man's greatest invention, brain bleach removes bad memories and general DO NOT WANT moments. Every household should have a few gallons.
1: Dude, I just walked in on my parents.
2: Have some Brain Bleach!
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When you have 1% left on your phone but still need to do stuff
Joe: Yesterday my phone had 1% left while I was doing my project. Luckily it lasted long enough
Lance: Your phone was running on fumes
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