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drift apart

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

 (from each other )
1. . Lit. [for floating things] to separate as they drift. The boats drifted apart from one another. The boats drifted apart in the waves.
2. Fig. [for people] to lead their lives without contact with each other having been together or friendly. He drifted apart from his friends. As the years went by, they drifted apart.
See also: apart, drift
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"My love keeps growing more passionate and egoistic, while his is waning and waning, and that's why we're drifting apart." She went on musing.
It says Stella and Kristen had been drifting apart in recent months and that "they stopped seeing eyeto-eye and were living very different lives".
To be honest, we've been drifting apart for a couple of years now - not communicating properly, going out with different groups of friends, and sex is non-existent - but I suppose we've carried on because we have young children.
To be honest, we've been drifting apart for a couple of years now - not communicating properly, going out with different groups of friends, and sex is nonexistent - but I suppose we've carried on because we have young children.
At the same time, the USA and Turkey, whose positions are gradually drifting apart, are Macedonia's strategic partners in the achievement of this national priority.
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Elsewhere, Izzy's upset with Gary when he refuses to babysit, and later tells Katy she's worried she and Gary are drifting apart. And her suspicions are right.
Infidelity and drifting apart are still the most common reasons for a marriage breakdown, but domestic issues play a part in three out of 10 divorces.
He also felt we had been drifting apart. The conversation turned to the death of a close friend and feelings of us drifting apart.
The challenge would be to balance the inconvenience of the two types of times drifting apart with the chance that the adjustment would introduce glitches in time-sensitive communications.
In his 2002 report, Sir Donald chair of the Government's Implementation Group on Farming and Food, expressed his concern that the countryside with its producers, and consumers within the community, were in danger of drifting apart.
The experts say couples should spend at least 10 minutes a day in conversation to help stop them drifting apart.
Organisers say a daily 'ritual' of discussing any news story could help prevent couples from drifting apart.
The iconic player's move to Real Madrid was reported to be a reason for the couple drifting apart. But Beckham has insisted the pair are "very committed" to each other.
Spence himself is no slave to fashion, although he is concerned with the currency of images and ideas perfectly aligned one moment and drifting apart the next.