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drift off

to move slowly away. The boat slowly drifted off and was gone. The clouds drifted off and the sun came out.
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drift off

v.
1. To move away slowly, especially while being carried by currents of air or water: The stick drifted off with the river current. The child let go of the balloon and it drifted off toward the horizon.
2. To walk slowly toward some other place or area: As they left the cafeteria, the students started drifting off toward the gym.
3. To fall asleep gradually: I drifted off while watching television. I was so tired that I drifted off.
4. To stop listening or paying attention to someone or something: The professor noted that most of the students had drifted off during the lecture.
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Every evening, as he and his seven companions scaled the peak that is also known as "Denali," he would switch on his SanDisk(R) Digital Audio Player, plug in the ear buds and drift off to a different place and time.
The clock ticks The chimes ring out Oh, happy sounds - one hour less to get through till it's time to dress You happy sleepers don't know your luck Into bed and bedclothes tuck Drift off to dreamland, only wake When the alarm goes off - it's past daybreak Thank god for books and Radio 4 World News and all before you happy sleepers deign to rise and rub restful sleep from out your eyes.
They added: "We're looking to drift off the well trodden path of rock 'n' roll and give it a little nudge here and there.
TIME TO DREAM Night-time's arrived, as you drift off to sleep Dreaming your dreams amid perfect peace Dreams that you've dreamed a few times before Recapturing the scene, just a little bit more Places you've seen, so vivid, so real Only returning in the midst of your dream So very strange to go back once again To the land of Nod where the dream stays the same Convinced that you've been there, you just can't believe That the next time you go there will be well in your dreams.
Coroner Eric Armstrong said: "It seems to me to be likely that he had begun to drift off to sleep, because there seems little other reason for these drifting tyre marks.
Inflatable dinghies are very dangerous and should be tethered at all times so they cannot drift off.
I can't see him taking Thierry Henry's place and it would be a pity if he was allowed to drift off the radar.
To fully appreciate the sounds and scents of the setting, be sure to swing that porthole open before you drift off to sleep.
When the Sandman comes to visit you tonight, you need to listen closely as you close your eyes and drift off to sleep.
There was speculation that the driver had dozed off, since another motorist reported seeing the van drift off a curve without swerving or braking, but a CHP spokesman said it's too early to say.
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Back in Neanderthal times, I imagine, we would settle in to our caves for the night, tummies full of Atkins-friendly high-protein and low-carb woolly mammoth flesh, snuggle up on our saber-toothed-tigerskin beds and drift off to sleep.
At one point in the conversation, the elder Tracy seems to drift off, and a look of bewilderment comes over his face.