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drift off

1. To move slowly away from someone or something, especially while propelled by wind or water. I held the feather in my palm until it drifted off into the air.
2. To gradually fall sleep. I really do want to watch this movie with you, but I'm so tired that I keep drifting off.
3. To lose interest and stop paying attention to someone or something. I think you need to add some humor to this speech so that your audience doesn't drift off while you're talking.
4. To slowly leave one place or thing to go to another. We all had a hard time saying good-bye to each other, but eventually we all drifted off to our cars.
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drift off

to move slowly away. The boat slowly drifted off and was gone. The clouds drifted off and the sun came out.
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drift off

v.
1. To move away slowly, especially while being carried by currents of air or water: The stick drifted off with the river current. The child let go of the balloon and it drifted off toward the horizon.
2. To walk slowly toward some other place or area: As they left the cafeteria, the students started drifting off toward the gym.
3. To fall asleep gradually: I drifted off while watching television. I was so tired that I drifted off.
4. To stop listening or paying attention to someone or something: The professor noted that most of the students had drifted off during the lecture.
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If a teacher for example determines that specific students have a tendency to drift off at specific times each day, then strategies can be prescribed to counteract this problem.
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Back in your room, light the fire, snuggle under your feather comforter, and watch firelight flicker over the room's foot-thick, gently rounded adobe walls before you drift off to sleep.
People tend to drift off of the issue and into new territory.
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THE chief executive of BP yesterday urged Scots not to drift off from the UK.
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The clock ticks The chimes ring out Oh, happy sounds - one hour less to get through till it's time to dress You happy sleepers don't know your luck Into bed and bedclothes tuck Drift off to dreamland, only wake When the alarm goes off - it's past daybreak Thank god for books and Radio 4 World News and all before you happy sleepers deign to rise and rub restful sleep from out your eyes.
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Coroner Eric Armstrong said: "It seems to me to be likely that he had begun to drift off to sleep, because there seems little other reason for these drifting tyre marks.
To fully appreciate the sounds and scents of the setting, be sure to swing that porthole open before you drift off to sleep.
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