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drift apart

1. To move away from something slowly, especially while floating on water. I guess the innertubes drifted apart 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 apart over the years, and now I hardly ever see her.
See also: apart, drift

drift apart

 (from each other )
1. . Lit. [for floating things] to separate as they drift. The boats drifted apart from one another. The boats drifted apart in the waves.
2. Fig. [for people] to lead their lives without contact with each other having been together or friendly. He drifted apart from his friends. As the years went by, they drifted apart.
See also: apart, drift
References in classic literature ?
His name was familiar to me, for many years ago my parents were acquainted with him, but they drifted apart.
Sources claimed that the 'Donnie Darko' star was very taken with Miller, but their work was the reason they drifted apart.
When I've asked him, he always replies: "We drifted apart.
In an announcement reported to have broken the news of the divorce to his wife, he added: "This is heartbreaking for both of us as our love was very deep, but in the last year we have become estranged and drifted apart.
A micro-continent that detached about 60 million years ago as Madagascar and India drifted apart is hidden under a huge mass of lava near the Indian Ocean islands of Reunion and Mauritius, according to a new study published in Nature Geoscience.
Scientists claim to have found a portion of an ancient 'mini-continent' underneath the Indian Ocean that was wedged between India and Madagascar, and subsequently got detached when the two countries drifted apart to resemble the modern world as it is now.
The theme of the display will be the comedy Good To Firm, which is about two people who fell in love at a David Cassidy concert at Newcastle City Hall in 1973 and then drifted apart.
But after six years of marriage we drifted apart and split.
My best friend and I drifted apart a little, but we go to different schools and we're both really busy, so I was expecting it.
They drifted apart and had not seen each other for nearly three decades but managed to get back in touch thanks to a Cardiff-based people-finding firm, Tracesmart.
We were just never together and we just drifted apart.
Katsav represented Tal for years but the pair had drifted apart before Allardyce junior and Israeli middle man Dave Abu became involved.
My spy tells me: "Emma and Brian are both busy and have just drifted apart.
When Teesside punk band Dogsflesh drifted apart in 1985 the members floated into respectable lives, haircuts and day jobs.
They drifted apart but their work as caterers brought them back together.