Definition of Drop off

1. Verb. Fall or diminish. "The number of students in this course dropped off after the first test"

Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen
Derivative terms: Drop-off

2. Verb. Change from a waking to a sleeping state. "He always falls asleep during lectures"
Exact synonyms: Dope Off, Doze Off, Drift Off, Drowse Off, Fall Asleep, Flake Out, Nod Off
Specialized synonyms: Zonk Out
Antonyms: Wake Up

3. Verb. Leave or unload. "Drop off the passengers at the hotel"
Exact synonyms: Discharge, Drop, Put Down, Set Down, Unload
Generic synonyms: Deliver
Specialized synonyms: Wharf, Air-drop
Derivative terms: Drop

4. Verb. Retreat.
Exact synonyms: Fall Back, Fall Behind, Lose, Recede
Generic synonyms: Regress, Retrograde, Retrogress
Antonyms: Gain
Derivative terms: Receding, Recession

5. Verb. Get worse. "My grades are slipping"
Exact synonyms: Drop Away, Fall Away, Slip
Generic synonyms: Decline, Worsen
Specialized synonyms: Backslide, Lapse
Derivative terms: Drop-off, Slippage

Definition of Drop off

1. Verb. (idiomatic) (''intransitive'') To fall asleep. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) (''transitive'') To deliver; to deposit or leave. ¹

3. Verb. To fall. ¹

4. Verb. To lessen or reduce. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Drop Off

drop hammer
drop hand
drop heart
drop in
drop in the bucket
drop in the ocean
drop ins
drop keel
drop kerb
drop kick
drop kicks
drop letter
drop light
drop like flies
drop line
drop off (current term)
drop off the radar
drop open
drop out
drop press
drop punt
drop punts
drop round
drop scone
drop ship
drop shipped
drop shipping
drop ships
drop shot

Literary usage of Drop off

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1876)
"... leaving the ends of them on the tree, which strengthen it much ; and when after many years they drop off, the tree is weakened by it, and very often is ..."

2. The New English by Thomas Laurence Kington-Oliphant (1886)
"Among the Verbs are wheel (in a chair), cut a dash, go further and fare worse, to hurry- scurry, drop off (mori), gone to the dogs. ..."

3. Intimate China: The Chinese as I Have Seen Them by Archibald Little (1899)
"Feet drop off.— Pain till Death.—Typical Cases.—Eczema, Ulcera- tion, Mortification.—General Health affected. IT is a popular error in England to suppose ..."

4. The English Flower Garden and Home Grounds: Design and Arrangement Shown by by William Robinson (1901)
"... they cannot have too much water ; after that they want much less, or the leaves turn yellow and drop off. Some years I grow Solanum jasminoides over ..."

5. The U. S. Coal Industry, 1970-1990: Two Decades of Change (1992)
"In areas where entanglement is not a problem, divers may wish occasionally to drop off the towline during traverses to investigate objects of interest. ..."

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