To Peter out

𝗧𝗼 𝗣𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝘁 when something peters out it has stopped, or come to an end.

The phrase arose in the American goldfields during the first half of the 19th century, when the two principal methods of mining gold were used.

‘Placer’ mining, which had been known since ancient times, was the easiest because nature had already done most of the work, eroding and leaching gold-bearing rocks into a fine powder, or into nuggets which could be separated from the alluvial deposits in prospector’s pans.

The another method was known as ‘lode’ mining, in which the gold had to be extracted from solid rock.

Peter is Greek for rock, and can also refer to a vein of ore. When a seam had been worked to exhaustion and revealed no more gold, it was said to have ‘petered out’.

Peter also obtains it’s name from the saltpetre of the explosive in the gunpowder used to extract and break up the gold-bearing rocks into a workable size.

P.S: authenticity is gold, lies only vibrate purity into dark doors.