drift back

drift back

To move toward someone or something slowly, especially while floating on water. The inner tubes were all scattered across the pool, but now, they're drifting back to the steps.
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drift back (to someone or something)

to move back to someone or something slowly, on the surface of water. The canoe drifted back to shore. My little boat finally drifted back to me.
See also: back, drift
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5 and instead of closing out a losing trade you let the bet go in-play and hope the horse will drift back to 5.
If you allow your attention to drift back toward the sight, you will increase the chances for a bad shot.
The constantly shifting ice made it difficult to reach 90 degrees North and the destination lasted a split second, followed by a drift back to N89.
Pull on your dancing shoes, grab your gas mask and leave the everyday world behind and drift back to the 1940s.
Lewis Hamilton, backed down from 5-1 to 13-8 after clinching the drivers' world title but allowed to drift back out to 5-1 during Sunday night's broadcast, was crowned king, showing that you can be a tax dodger and still be popular in Britain so long as your girlfriend is hot.
Organic dairy farmer Haydn Evans, of Pembrokeshire, who represents NFU Cymru on the NFU Organic Issues Group said: "The lack of policy direction from Welsh Government has been of critical concern to our organic members and a significant contributory factor in the drift back to conventional farming systems.
Often they drift back to the very birth parents who were incapable of looking after them in the first place.
But during Philae's seven-hour descent to the comet, harpoons designed to anchor it failed to deploy, raising concerns the lander might drift back into space.
This sequel opens in Brooklyn Juvenile Detention Centre but when Maria Ramirez (Katerina Graham, centre) is released into the care of Connie Daniels (Lonette Mckee) she begins to drift back towards bad boy Luis (Christopher "War" Martinez) We Film Honey 2: Showing at Cineworld, Showcase and Vue Out of step.
Other voices trembled in the air--Arthur Danto, Herbert Muschamp, Carter Ratcliff--only to drift back off into the academic grove.
Instead, the dolphins would drift back to a particular spot in the boat's wake, where differences in water pressure made swimming easier.
On the eve of the 53rd anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing, survivors have looked back in sorrow and forward in anger at what they see as a global drift back to nuclear weapons.
Brown said: "We expect values to drift back gently, with the inherent strength in the market bolstering values, but lacking the impetus to drive further in creases.
Drift back into history 30,000 or 40,000 years in that spot.