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drift apart

1. To move away from something slowly, especially while floating on water. I guess the inner tubes drifted apart because they're now scattered across the pool.
2. To gradually become distant from someone after a period of closeness. Andrea and I never had a big fight or anything; we just drifted apart over the years, and now, I hardly ever see her.
See also: apart, drift

drift apart

 (from each other )
1. . Lit. [for floating things] to separate as they drift. The boats drifted apart from one another. The boats drifted apart in the waves.
2. Fig. [for people] to lead their lives without contact with each other having been together or friendly. He drifted apart from his friends. As the years went by, they drifted apart.
See also: apart, drift
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Joking aside, I think you run the risk of living separate lives at the weekends, which in turn could make you drift apart and spell disaster for your relationship.
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The discovery suggests that dipterocarps have existed for much longer than previously thought--even before the split of ancient landmasses over 80 million years ago, when South America and Africa began to drift apart, the group asserts.
It is as if they were buoyed by an invisible body of water in which they bob and dip, bump and abut, overlap and drift apart.
Shapiro says that once recombination between the X and Y was suppressed, they were free to drift apart evolutionarily.
Although this relationship is very important to both of us, I'm scared we'll drift apart.
If you want results, you both have to put some effort in because, until you do, as you rightly say, you will drift apart.