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drift along

1. To move along in the air or on a surface (typically water) while being propelled only by wind or the current of the water, and without a definition direction. We just drifted along on an inflatable raft until we reached the other end of the river. That feather seemed like it drifted along as if by magic.
2. By extension, to live one's life without much effort or direction. I'm worried because you're just drifting along through high school with no interest in planning your future!
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drift along

to float along; to be carried along on no particular course. The boat just drifted along lazily with the current. The project drifted along until we received the leadership we needed.
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References in classic literature ?
We were resigned to our fate, and we remained resigned until we aroused to the fact that we were drifting along the north shore not a hundred feet away.
It was about fifteen leagues distant, and they remained two or three days drifting along in sight of it.
So we talked it over all one night, drifting along down the river, trying to make up our minds whether to drop the watermelons, or the cantelopes, or the mushmelons, or what.
By and by we perceived what those super-delicate colors, and their continuous play and movement, reminded us of; it is what one sees in a soap-bubble that is drifting along, catching changes of tint from the objects it passes.
What's to prevent wood-burning and sinking shafts and drifting along bed-rock?
There were few police in evidence, but ever and again squads of gaunt and tattered soldier-cyclists would come drifting along, and such encounters became more frequent as he got out of Wales into England.
I can see it now as I did then, from the lofty top of the building--that inflated bag drifting along the air, and that tiny speck of a man clinging on beneath.
In reality, however, the "comprehensive" plan runs the risk of drifting along amid conflicting goals.
The storm, after drifting along coastal Georgia, had gusting winds around 40 mph (65 kph) with higher blasts.
In the same lake, I watched a friend have success using the cork method, drifting along the banks below a spillway.
With appeals set to months, shambles continue Blues drifting along Birmingham City is one of their member clubs and they should have acted some time ago.
A FAMILIAR song by Elvis, The Beatles or Abba drifting along the air waves can be soothing at the best of times - but even more so if you're in hospital.
Currently, Greka Engineering and Technology, a spin-off from China s Green Dragon Gas, is drifting along the market price of approx Au26.
We appear to be drifting along in a sort of vacuum of uncertainty.