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drift away

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

drift away

(from someone ) Fig. [for someone] to begin to be less of a friend and more like a stranger. (See also drift away (from someone or something).) He began drifting away from me a few months ago, andlhaven'tseenhim at all in the last three weeks.
See also: away, drift

drift away

(from someone or something ) [for floating people, animals, or things] to move away from a particular person or thing, on the surface of water. (See also .) We watched the boat drift away from us. He was drifting away on the ice block and there was nothing we could do.
See also: away, drift
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It came to her then more bitterly than ever that Beth was slowly drifting away form her, and her arms instinctively tightened their hold upon the dearest treasure she possessed.
By the time she had been hailed and stopped, both steamers were drifting away from us, and we were rising and falling in a troubled wake of water.
The dollar index was flat after drifting away from a three-week high
I love watching TV plays but lately I have been drifting away from such plays as I get depressed after watching them.
Islamabad -- Rebuffing the US intelligence reports presented to the Congress that Pakistan is drifting away from the US, the Foreign Office on Friday stated that despite long term partnership, it is Washington in reality, which is drifting away from Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD -- The Foreign Office said on Friday the United States is drifting away from Pakistan despite its long-term partnership with Islamabad.
Pakistan has said that despite long term partnership, it is the United States which is drifting away from Pakistan, reported Radio Pakistan.
They will be asked to consider why youngsters, both from a playing and spectator perspective, are drifting away from the sport.
They are in danger of losing the support and trust of working-class people who feel the Labour Party is drifting away from them.
Prof Neale said the decline could also be attributed to Facebook members of three or more years drifting away from the network as they discover they no longer have time for it.
He said judges Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and Will.i.am will also be back - but admitted there will be "tweaks" to the format to stop fans drifting away.
A spokesman said: "The speedboat started drifting away from the people in the water.
Although participants reported spending about 47 percent of their time with their thoughts drifting away from what they were doing, they said they felt happiest when they were focusing on a task instead of worrying about the future, ruminating about past events, or planning activities--even when their wandering thoughts were pleasant.
LIBERAL Democrat leader Nick Clegg dismissed polls which suggested Liberal Democrat support may be drifting away. He said: "Polls come and go, polls blip up and blip down.