drift toward

drift toward (someone or something)

To slowly move closer to someone or something. I had to wait for the inner tube to drift toward the steps of the pool before I could climb onto it.
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drift toward someone or something

to move slowly and gradually toward someone or something. The clouds drifted toward us, and we could see that a storm was coming. As the clouds drifted toward us, we could feel the humidity increase.
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References in classic literature ?
It may not have been so always, for I remember a black night when a poor lieutenant lay down in an oarless boat and let it drift toward the weir.
Milady, however, saw that this sort of narrative amused her very much, and kept at it; only she now let her conversation drift toward the cardinal.
As Abby dashes off to find her son, those who stuck by her start to drift toward Samantha's (above) community, and Tom spies a chance to seize power.
When Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, living the A-list life in college, allow their minds to drift toward their future as pros, they probably don't envision themselves using a high school baseball dugout as a locker room, lifting weights under a tent or getting booted out of their stadium for a volleyball tournament.
We've all been taught that the browns of the old masters were there to model the figure, to create forms of palpable weight and volume, and that the pure hues of the Impressionists initiated the drift toward modernism by sacrificing solidity to the realization of the flat, decorative surface.
McCain again asked if Bass believes that many of the actions that Erdoy-an has taken, such as "suppressing the social media -- YouTube and Twitter -- and restrictions on Internet freedom and an independent media," show a drift toward authoritarianism.
Free and stable societies, it seems, tend to drift toward economic cannibalism and governmental calcification, unless they make a positive effort to fight the current.
Given a choice at camp, campers invariably drift toward shooting programs.
Should the short-selling crowd begin to drift toward the exits in response to today's pullback, SAM could reap the benefits of short-covering support.
Although the ambassadorial nominee initially refrained from giving a direct answer to McCain's questions, after the senator insisted on receiving a yes-or-no answer and threatened not to support Bass' nomination if he did not give an honest answer, Bass admitted that there had been a drift toward authoritarianism in Turkey.
The past two administrations were also notable for an erosion of First Amendment rights, for more government secrecy, censorship, and repression, and for an increasing centralization of power in the executive branch--in short, a drift toward authoritarianism and away from democratic ideals.
This drift toward superficiality both repels and seduces such that, despite his apparent theoretical disapproval, Mercier can't stop himself from repeatedly exploiting its residual visual cool.
It is a matter of deep concern to me and I think to most Australians that there does appear to have been a drift toward a more authoritarian approach," Howard said on Network Nine television.
However, Berthoff also maintains that some immigrants, like the Puritans and Quakers, insisted on communal responsibility, resisting the drift toward mere liberalism.
They fear a drift toward what one aide to Senator Jesse Helms calls a "Clinton-like policy," that puts trade ahead of security and human rights concerns.