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drift away

1. To move away from something slowly, especially while floating on water. I guess the inner tubes all drifted away from each other 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 away from each other over the years, and now I hardly ever see her.
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drift away

(from someone ) Fig. [for someone] to begin to be less of a friend and more like a stranger. (See also drift away (from someone or something).) He began drifting away from me a few months ago, andlhaven'tseenhim at all in the last three weeks.
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drift away

(from someone or something ) [for floating people, animals, or things] to move away from a particular person or thing, on the surface of water. (See also .) We watched the boat drift away from us. He was drifting away on the ice block and there was nothing we could do.
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Not wanting him to drift away with his own new language full of mysterious words like `par,' `birdie' and `rough,' I said I would, too.
There are stories of how at times of food shortages older Inuits would "drift away" on icebergs in order to ensure that, through their deaths, the younger members of their families would have enough food to survive.
Nearly 200 million years ago, Madagascar began to drift away from the African continent.
Gaill suggests that the tube worm embryos that drift away from the vents or are carried upward by the vent's heated plume quickly reach cool water, enter a state of arrested development, and then ride the ocean currents until they reach a suitably warm spot to continue their growth.
The brainchild of Fred Crawford, a strategist at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and Ryan Mathews, a "futurist," the book carries the subtitle, "Why Great Companies Never Try to Be the Best at Everything." The authors contend that by trying to excel at too many things, great companies drift away from their knitting.
So beautiful is Mendelssohn's music that one could drift away on a cloud and lose sight of the message; for there is a message there and it is this: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel answers prayer.
Even if today, as Showalter notes, the quilt has "transcended the stigma of its sources in women's culhire" and become the "central metaphor of American cultural identity" (215), that generalizing drift away from a certain womanly specificity has not diminished its appeal as a kind of ground for certain groups, particularly women's.
The man who founded The Wine Spectator and added Cigar Aficionado is watching his ash grow longer as cigar buffs drift away like smoke through the window.
Five minutes later another header saw the points drift away from Town's promotion challenge.
Murray Polner and Jim O'Grady note that, as in so many other 1960s organizations, "the movement's women were the first to drift away from the ultra-resistance movement.
The crowd began to drift away soon after the 12:01 a.m.
When I was forty-five I lay for hours beside a pool, the green hazy springtime water, and watched the salamanders coupling, how they drifted lazily with their little hands floating almost aimlessly in and out of the shadows, fifteen or twenty of them, and suddenly two would dart together and clasp one another belly to belly the way we do, and then would let go and drift away again at peace, lazily, in the green pool that was their world and for a while was mine.
When the couple returned to Washington, they did drift away from party politics, but Sylvia remained an underground member.
"To get away from it all, residents can simply drift away in a luxurious bedroom with double bed and en-suite shower room, stream the latest shows on their 32-inch flat screen TV, or whip up a feast in their very own kitchen."
BLAYDON boss Micky Ward is adamant his side's season will not "drift away" after five consecutive defeats in National One.