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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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]
drop a brickand 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.
drop a brickInformal
To make a clumsy social error.