drop everything

drop everything

To stop one's current activity to tend to someone or something else. My mom always expects me to drop everything when she has the slightest problem. Don't drop everything, just call me when you get a chance.
See also: drop, everything

drop everything

Fig. to stop doing whatever you are doing. Drop everything and go outside. The house is on fire. Do you expect me to drop everything and come and pick you up at school?
See also: drop, everything
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Sometimes we had to drop everything and cling with both hands to the swaying spars, holding our breath in fear of a terribly heavy roll.
We busted it up, and chased the children up the hollow; but we never got anything but some doughnuts and jam, though Ben Rogers got a rag doll, and Jo Harper got a hymn-book and a tract; and then the teacher charged in, and made us drop everything and cut.
Whenever he went near the pan he burned himself, and then he would drop everything and dance round the stove, flicking his fingers about and cursing the things.
Then there would be a yell of warning--the men would drop everything and dash for the nearest pillar, slipping here and there on the floor, and tumbling over each other.
WHEN I told the king I was going out disguised as a petty freeman to scour the country and familiarize myself with the humbler life of the people, he was all afire with the novelty of the thing in a minute, and was bound to take a chance in the adven- ture himself -- nothing should stop him -- he would drop everything and go along -- it was the prettiest idea he had run across for many a day.
While I toiled at rigging the foremast, Maud sewed on canvas, ready always to drop everything and come to my assistance when more hands than two were required.
Now, mark you, Ettie, it will be just a word to you, and when it reaches you, you will drop everything and come right down to the waiting room at the depot and stay there till I come for you."
The boys stood by the dory-tackles with lanterns, the men ready to haul, one eye cocked for the sweeping wave that would make them drop everything and hold on for the dear life.
"And so I am to drop everything and vanish," I said, rising from my chair again.
The city's newest micropub is being opened by growing craft ale company Black Storm Brewery and will go by the unusual name D.E.A.D, which stands for Drop Everything And Drink.
The mum of five was forced to drop everything and rush to 10-year-old Max's side after he received a black eye and small cuts to his face from the thugs.
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Kelly, who played alongside Cummins in the All-Ireland winning campaigns of 2001 and '10, told Paddy Power News: "He would drop everything for would be the Tipperary manager's job.
She wants to know my every move and expects me to drop everything whenever she calls me to run an errand for her.
A DRIVE to get a whole school to "drop everything and read" is improving performance across the entire curriculum.