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drift away

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

(from someone ) Fig. [for someone] to begin to be less of a friend and more like a stranger. (See also drift away (from someone or something).) He began drifting away from me a few months ago, andlhaven'tseenhim at all in the last three weeks.
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drift away

(from someone or something ) [for floating people, animals, or things] to move away from a particular person or thing, on the surface of water. (See also .) We watched the boat drift away from us. He was drifting away on the ice block and there was nothing we could do.
See also: away, drift
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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ONE of the reasons why Tom's mind had drifted away from its secret troubles was, that it had found a new and weighty matter to interest itself about.
During Rostov's short stay in Moscow, before rejoining the army, he did not draw closer to Sonya, but rather drifted away from her.
He drifted away aimlessly in the direction of the shrubbery, with the part hanging open in his hand -- the most incapable of Falklands, and the most helpless of mankind.
This tame ending bored Bailey, and he drifted away from us, but David still walked by my side, and he was grown so quiet that I knew a storm was brewing.
When the story was finished, Miss Burgoyne turned pointedly to Alexander, and the other men drifted away.
It is now over three years, and we have drifted away from far more interesting people in that time.
"Certainly," I answered, and the conversation drifted away into other channels.
The pole was firmly fixed in the mud, and he was left clinging to it while the punt drifted away. It was an undignified position for him.
ISLAMABAD -- Two youngsters drifted away in the currents of flash flood while crossing a nullah in the federal capital.
The NBF Managing Director (MD) Dr Inam ul Haq stated that the modern generation has drifted away from books due to the digital revolution however this fair will aid in bringing them closer to literature activities once again.
A family of tourists unaware of intense water flow, in the name of adventure drove their vehicle into the river and got drifted away along with their vehicle.
Manama: Kuwait Transparency Society's board of directors has been dissolved amid accusations that it had drifted away from the purposes of the society's establishment.
The coastguards were alerted after the Maritime Operations Room received a distress call from a citizen who said that he drifted away after his diving boat rope got accidentally cut The coastguard patrols were dispatched to the location and found the boat while two Bahrainis helped the three other divers.
Their boat drifted away with their supplies and mobile phones when its anchor failed.
Adrian Don, from Tynemouth RNLI, said while emergency services had to assume the worst, it was possible the dinghy had simply drifted away from the shore.