whine off


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Lloyd blindly pulled the trigger. The gun went off with a tremendous crash in the enclosed space. The echoes bounced furiously back and forth. But the bullet only chipped concrete two inches from Glen’s right shoulder, ricocheted, struck something else, and whined off again.
Source: The Stand by Stephen King
Context: Lloyd shot Glen.

the bullet whined off = the whine of the bullet trailed off to silence, right?

Other words I loooked up:
whine (of a machine): to make a long high unpleasant sound.

Thank you.
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