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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.
A total of 60 passengers and crew were rescued after ML Nurhidzra drifted off Bongao, Tawi-Tawi last Wednesday.
The nifty remedy is When you discover like this, That you've drifted off your course, Don't get caught up in remorse.
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.
I THOUGHT I had drifted off to sleep while driving the other day and had been transported to a third world country.
29 (ANI): A Canadian businessman, who was held hostage by terrorists inside the Trident-Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai said that he was saved from being killed by terrorists because he drifted off to sleep and ignored a mysterious knock to his door.
The pensioner, who recently had a hip and knee replacement, used all his strength to keep the man's head above water and conscious after he'd earlier "given up" and drifted off.
A STRICKEN trawler was towed to safety early yesterday after it caught fire and drifted off the northeast coast.
A DRIVER may have fallen asleep at the wheel before his car drifted off the road and ploughed into a large metal road sign, an inquest was told yesterday.
Once the initial shock at these attempted outrages had subsided, my thoughts drifted off to Dr Mohammad Naseem of Central Mosque and how, in his inimitable way, he could explain away such events.
She added: "We're hoping they set off in the tinny, somehow forgot to anchor and it's drifted off.
When the Simpson clan drifted off, the shaggy-haired, Armani-clad musician with an ever-full cocktail glass met with the Dixie Chicks.
Focus on one area of your body, such as your left hand, tensing and then relaxing the muscles, and moving up through your arms, shoulders, and so on until you've drifted off.