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drift along

1. To move along in the air or on a surface (typically water) while being propelled only by wind or the current of the water, and without a definition direction. We just drifted along on an inflatable raft until we reached the other end of the river. That feather seemed like it drifted along as if by magic.
2. By extension, to live one's life without much effort or direction. I'm worried because you're just drifting along through high school with no interest in planning your future!
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drift along

to float along; to be carried along on no particular course. The boat just drifted along lazily with the current. The project drifted along until we received the leadership we needed.
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References in classic literature ?
A few dim sails drifted along the darkening, fir-clad harbor shores.
However, he reached the shore finally, and drifted along till he found a low place and drew himself out.
I drifted along, making new acquaintances, downing more drinks, getting hazier and hazier.
No queerer estray ever drifted along the stream of life.
I have drifted along hopelessly for a hundred pages of manuscript without knowing where to commence.
He drifted along with the stream of passengers on the pavement (accompanied by a stream of carriages in the road) until they stopped with one accord at a gate--and paid admission money to a man in office--and poured into a great open space of ground which looked like an uncultivated garden.
9m (QR: 7m) has been drifted along with the ender open to Qatari companies, joint ventures and international firms.
What is more exciting is that even spectators experience the adrenaline as they feel as if they are drifted along with the vehicle that's burning rubber, going around and around," said Roman Gavrilin, project manager, Expo Centre Sharjah.
THE moving music drifted along peacefully - but the conductor reached a furious crescendo.
As she drifted along they reassured her and tried to encourage her to swim towards the bank.
Both Dancing Rain and Blue Bunting, first and fourth at Epsom, drifted along with the rest of the field, with Dancing Rain out to 9-2 (from 7-2), and Blue Bunting as big as 5-1 (from 4).
Passers-by rush for the help of the girl as she was drifted along the road.
As his loan deal drifted along at St James' Park, Simpson expressed his desire to settle on Tyneside after years of spending time on loan at Ipswich, Blackburn, Royal Antwerp and Sunderland.
3 The science of climate change is complex, but the administration acknowledged the problem and then drifted along emphasizing partnerships to reduce greenhouse gases.
As choking smoke drifted along corridors and landings, several occupants dashed to safety but others were left trapped and needed the aid of the fire service.