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drop back

1. To move away from someone or something, especially to provide space and privacy. Hey guys, can you drop back a little so that I can talk to this girl alone? The bodyguard tried to get the photographers to drop back while the singer exited her vehicle.
2. In American football, to move back behind the line of scrimmage. The quarterback is known for dropping back very quickly before he throws.
See also: back, drop
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drop back

 
1. . to fall back to an original position. His arm raised up and then dropped back. The lid dropped back to its original position as soon as we let go of it.
2. to go slowly and lose one's position in a march or procession. He dropped back a bit and evened up the spacing in the line of marchers. He got tired and dropped back a little.
See also: back, drop
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

drop back

Step back, retreat. For example, When it was time for a group picture, Mary dropped back.
See also: back, drop
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

drop back

v.
1. To take a position behind some group by moving more slowly: I dropped back behind the group of my friends and walked alone on the beach.
2. Football To back away from the line of scrimmage: The quarterback dropped back to throw a pass.
See also: back, drop
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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Striker Livingstone was forced to drop back into central defence when injury side-lined Mark Lever after 20 minutes and Buckley pushed on forward Lee Nogan to replace him.
They are no longer able to simply drop back to specific points on the field, read the quarterback, and shut down the receivers.
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He ran well enough to finish third at Ayr last time but gave the impression that this drop back in trip will suit him much better.
The drop back to six furlongs will be more to his liking.
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Italian clubs have often struggled against intense pressure in European competition in recent years, unaccustomed to facing this challenge in Serie A, where teams usually drop back into a deep, disciplined shape.