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drop a bollock

vulgar slang To mess something up; to make a particularly egregious error. Primarily heard in UK. That new intern is totally useless, he's always dropping a bollock on important projects. That player really dropped a bollock during the match yesterday.
See also: bollock, drop

drop a brick

1. To unintentionally say or do something embarrassing, tactless, or indiscreet; to commit some social faux pas or mistake. Primarily heard in UK. I dropped a brick on our first date by ordering veal, only realizing later that he's a staunch animal rights advocate.
2. To announce a particularly surprising, alarming, or upsetting piece of news. An alternative form of "drop a bombshell." Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Mary dropped a brick when she told me she was moving to France next week. I'm about to drop a brick on my parents by telling them that I'm going to quit law school and pursue a career in art.
See also: brick, drop

drop anchor

To let down the anchor to secure a ship. We've been sailing all day, and here seems like a good enough spot to drop anchor, don't you think?
See also: anchor, drop

drop (one) a line

To contact someone, usually with a letter, note, or phone call. I know you'll be busy enjoying yourself, but please, drop me a line on your trip. I'll drop you a line once I get settled in at school.
See also: drop, line

drop like flies

To succumb to a particular problem, often an illness. This phrase is typically only used when more than one person has been adversely affected. Now that the flu is going through our school, people are dropping like flies.
See also: drop, flies, like

drop the mic

1. To dramatically drop one's microphone (or, often, to mimic such a motion) after a particularly decisive or impressive performance, action, or statement. Did you see him drop the mic after that rap battle?
2. By extension, to perform a decisive or impressive action. Dude just dropped the mic with that dunk!
See also: drop, mic

Constant dropping wears away a stone,

 and Constant dripping wears away a stone.
Prov. Persistence accomplishes things. Jill: How did you get Fred to give you a raise? Jane: I just kept asking him for it every week. Constant dropping wears away a stone.
See also: away, dropping, stone, wear

drop like flies

Fig. to faint, sicken, collapse, or die, in great numbers like houseflies dying in a large group. It was a terrible year for the flu. People were dropping like flies.
See also: drop, flies, like

be dropping like flies

if people are dropping like flies, large numbers of them are dying or becoming ill or injured within a short period of time The heat was overwhelming and people were dropping like flies.
See also: dropping, flies, like

drop a brick

Also, drop a clanger. Say something indiscreet, commit a social gaffe. For example, John dropped a brick when he called her by his ex-wife's name. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: brick, drop

drop like flies

Rapidly collapse, die, or drop out, usually referring to a group rather than an individual. For example, The words were so difficult that the spelling bee contestants were dropping like flies. The simile like flies has meant "in large numbers," as it does in this expression, since about 1600.
See also: drop, flies, like

drop a brick

and drop a bomb(shell)
tv. to reveal startling information. Britney came in and dropped a brick that scared us all. She dropped a bombshell when she told us she was married again.
See also: brick, drop

drop a brick

Informal
To make a clumsy social error.
See also: brick, drop
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some students may have been far enough along in the dropping out process to prefer working to schooling; or
In addition, school counselors can develop responsive programs that target students who exhibit dropping out behaviors such as excessive or prolonged absenteeism, withdrawing from or transferring in and out of the school, lack of involvement in school activities and academic programs, and poor academic performance (Bearden, Spencer, & Moracco, 1989; Davalos, Chavez, & Guardiola, 1999; Fine, 1991).
Dropping out of high school is a serious problem, not only for the individual, the school system, and the community, but also for U.
We adjust our underneath drops by dropping to the trips side and over-playing the offensive passing strength.
The defensive line techniques used in the fire zone have the player taking a number of steps upfield and then dropping out by crossing over.
Pink Sheets: NAUC) is a leading provider of auction drop-off services that allow people to easily sell their items on eBay by dropping unwanted goods off at Net2Auction locations.
County officials said they did not see any of the rodents, but found what appeared to be droppings from small rats.
A Newhall elementary school has been ordered to take steps to eradicate rodents after rat droppings were found in several areas on the campus, health officials said.
The droppings were found in the cafeteria, multipurpose room and teachers' lounge of Peachland Avenue Elementary School during a Nov.
Since the Department of Health considers bird droppings to be hazardous waste, Mr.
Cleaning up bird droppings is a very dangerous business and must be handled with precision and care," said Phil Waldorf, president of Bell Environmental Services who has also written a book about the subject entitled, Health Hazards From Pigeons, Starlings and English Sparrows.
Bell Environmental Services has recently taken great pains to alert the public to the dangers of bird droppings.
A new book about the health risks that excessive bird droppings on commercial and residential buildings present to tenants has been written by Phil Waldorf of Bell-Environmental Services--a New Jersey based pest elimination company that has patented a method to completely rid a building of birds inexpensively.
This is from bird droppings accumulating in or near the HVAC systems and spreading the disease causing organisms commonly found in the bird fecal matter to every occupant," said Phil Waldorf, president of Bell Environmental Services.