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drift off

1. To move slowly away from someone or something, especially while propelled by wind or water. I held the feather in my palm until it drifted off into the air.
2. To gradually fall sleep. I really do want to watch this movie with you, but I'm so tired that I keep drifting off.
3. To lose interest and stop paying attention to someone or something. I think you need to add some humor to this speech so that your audience doesn't drift off while you're talking.
4. To slowly leave one place or thing to go to another. We all had a hard time saying good-bye to each other, but eventually we all drifted off to our cars.
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drift off

to move slowly away. The boat slowly drifted off and was gone. The clouds drifted off and the sun came out.
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drift off

v.
1. To move away slowly, especially while being carried by currents of air or water: The stick drifted off with the river current. The child let go of the balloon and it drifted off toward the horizon.
2. To walk slowly toward some other place or area: As they left the cafeteria, the students started drifting off toward the gym.
3. To fall asleep gradually: I drifted off while watching television. I was so tired that I drifted off.
4. To stop listening or paying attention to someone or something: The professor noted that most of the students had drifted off during the lecture.
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References in classic literature ?
In the end, they do get it clear, and then turn round and find that the boat has drifted off, and is making straight for the weir.
Go, sit among my Baltis,' said Mahbub Ali, and the lama drifted off, soothed by the promise.
When the buffaloes were sent to graze the hungry brutes found that the deer had cleared the grazing-grounds, and so wandered into the Jungle and drifted off with their wild mates; and when twilight fell the three or four ponies that belonged to the village lay in their stables with their heads beaten in.
Thirty people aboard a motor launch were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Friday night after the boat encountered a mechanical problem and drifted off the West Philippine Sea.
AVICAR allegedly made sleazy comments to a stranger on an aeroplane then groped him after he drifted off to sleep, a court heard.
Police said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the road twice before it veered a third time and crashed.
A total of 60 passengers and crew were rescued after ML Nurhidzra drifted off Bongao, Tawi-Tawi last Wednesday.
Young people were heard mumbling about elderly Brexiteers, Billy Bragg's Leftfield pondered the consequences and we all dreamed of Glexit, where Glastonbury drifted off from Little England on a boat of cigarette papers floating in a sea of cider.
Sultan bin Mohammed al-Hinai, Deputy Head of the Omani Hajj Mission said in a statement to ONA that the vehicle drifted off the road and collided with another vehicle.
In details, a silver Kia car (plate number 519123/b) owned by Jamil Bassam Rishan and driven by Rita Rasheed Mtanios (born in 1992) drifted off Zahle highway with Aline Nasrallah (born in 1993 - Fourzol) and Johny Bassam Richan on board.
A man was proposing to his girlfriend during their sunset ride Sunday when the balloon drifted off course and hovered over the water near Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
He landed, "but too hard and bounced up ..." then touched down on the runway but drifted off the runway into six-to-eight-inch-high grass.
The nifty remedy is When you discover like this, That you've drifted off your course, Don't get caught up in remorse.
A security source said Sister Zakia Haddad was instantly killed when her car drifted off the Barbara highway, north of Beirut, causing a rollover.
It was that simple, but Mr Khan then drifted off into a diatribe about regeneration, employment, council tax rises, severe unemployment, rising social unrest, crime, Gresham and congestion - none of which I mentioned.