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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.
See also: drift, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: drift, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Despite her efforts, the canoe was drifting off to the westward.
Prosecutors say the 23-year-old complainant began drifting off to sleep around an hour before landing at Heathrow Airport and McConnell is said to have put a blanket over him.
Three Filipino fishermen were rescued by fellow fishermen from Taiwan after four days of drifting off Batanes waters, the Philippine Coast Guard said Saturday.
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While your smartphone might be one of the things preventing you drifting off into blissful deep slumber every night, it could also be part of the solution - as there are a number of apps designed to help you fall asleep faster and easier.
There are apps on your phone that simulate rainfall or forest sounds - playing these before drifting off gives you something soothing to focus on.
Malaysian authorities recovered an unmanned tugboat and a barge drifting off Lahad Datu.
The crew found the 14 bodies below deck on the boat which had been drifting off the coast of Libya.
When a woman knows she's drifting off, she still has a whole armoury of useful and interested - sounding questions, probably crafted from "- listening to small children witter endlessly.
Jose Ivan said that they were trying to sail to El Salvador, but when their engine failed they found themselves drifting off to the sea, the Daily Express reported.
Serious insomnia sufferers probably need to see their GPs for professional advice, but if you just feel you could benefit from drifting off a little more easily, this is certainly worth a try.
Summary: A Japanese fishing boat that was washed out to sea in the tsunami in March last year has been seen drifting off the coast of Canada.