drift back

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drift back

To move toward someone or something slowly, especially while floating on water. The innertubes were all scattered across the pool, but now they're drifting back to the steps.
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drift back (to someone or something)

to move back to someone or something slowly, on the surface of water. The canoe drifted back to shore. My little boat finally drifted back to me.
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I nodded my head, and, as one man to another, thanked him for his tip; and drifted back to the group at the bar.
demanded Ahab, when the boat drifted back. Think, think of thy whale-boat, stoven and sunk!
His iron constitution was somewhat broken by mountain pneumonia, and he had drifted back to live in a milder country for a while.
I might have committed suicide; I might even have drifted back into my old life--but for one man."
He drifted back to the immediate present for a moment and noted that the river still ran wide open, and that a moose-bird, perched on the bow of the boat, was surveying him impudently.
The newspaper man and his new friend drank together and, skillfully prompted by the former, the conversation drifted back to the subject of Hamilton Fynes.
Henry acknowledged receipt of the information with a grunt that slid into a snore as he drifted back into sleep.
He paused; his face changed; his thoughts drifted back from present to past; he looked at Crayford vacantly, lost in the terrible remembrances that were rising in him, as the shadows rise with the coming night.
Keating, they were first carried towards the coast of New Holland, and thence drifted back together with the productions of that country, the seeds, before germinating, must have travelled between 1800 and 2400 miles.
Berande, after such an unusual run of visiting vessels, drifted back into her old solitude.
Then, as the stars drifted back in the sky, the smell of steam seemed to stench forth from deck and mangrove swamp, and the suffocating heat wrapped all about.
In her anxiety to produce some reason which might prevail on him to go, she drifted back into that very conversation about Blanche into which she had declined to enter but the moment before.
With the one exception of her mother, friends and relatives drifted back and acknowledged that they had been mistaken; though there were old crones who still abided by their opinion and who shook their heads ominously over their cups of tea.
The 40-year-old claimed that he drifted back into drug misuse because of the unsavoury characters he spends his time with.
Dealers noted both ends of the range were tested last week and prices now appear to have drifted back towards the middle of the band.