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drop off

1. verb To leave someone or something at the destination to which one has transported it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drop" and "off." When do I need to drop the kids off at soccer practice? I'll come to your house tonight and drop off your cake pan.
2. verb To happen less often than is normal or typical. Is Kelly mad at me? We used to talk all the time, but our conversations have really dropped off lately.
3. verb To decline significantly. Don't sign that defenseman—his play has really dropped off as he's gotten older. That business had to close after sales dropped off sharply.
4. verb To release someone or something from one's grasp (and let it fall) from a particular place (which is listed after "off"). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drop" and "off." We dropped rocks off the bridge and listened to them splash into the river. My daughter likes when I drop her off the ledge into the pool.
5. verb To fall asleep quickly and/or easily. If you turn on the baby's mobile, she'll drop off without a fuss.
6. verb To die. At least grandpa just dropped off in his sleep, rather than after some long illness.
7. noun A significant decline. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Don't sign that defenseman—there's been a real drop-off in his play as he's gotten older. That business had to close after suffering a major drop-off in sales.
8. noun A precipitous descent. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. We aren't experienced enough skiers to go down a drop-off like that and survive!
9. noun A place where someone or something is left or delivered. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Where is the drop-off for clothing donations?
10. adjective Describing a place were someone or something can be left or delivered. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Where is the drop-off box for clothing donations?
See also: drop, off

drop someone or something off something

 and drop someone or something off
to let someone or something fall from something; to make someone or something fall from something. They dropped the feather off the top of the building. Jake dropped off a feather and it fell to the ground.
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drop someone or something off

 (some place)
1. . Lit. to let someone or a group out of a vehicle at a particular place; to deliver someone or something some place. Let's drop these shirts off at the cleaners. Let's drop off Tom and Jerry at the hamburger joint.
2. Fig. to give someone or a group a ride to some place. Can I drop you off somewhere in town? I dropped off the kids at the party.
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drop off (to sleep)

Fig. to go to sleep without difficulty; to fall asleep. I sat in the warm room for five minutes, and then I dropped off to sleep. After I've eaten dinner, I can drop off with no trouble at all.
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drop off

 
1. . Lit. [for a part of something] to break away and fall off. The car's bumper just dropped off—honest. I lifted boxes until I thought my arms would drop off.
2. Fig. to decline. Attendance at the meetings dropped off after Martin became president. Spending dropped off as the recession became worse.
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drop off

1. Fall asleep, as in When I looked at Grandma, she had dropped off. [Early 1800s]
2. Decrease; also, become less frequent. For example, Sales have dropped off markedly, or Over the year her visits dropped off. [Early 1800s]
3. Deliver, unload, as in Bill dropped off the package at the office.
4. Die, as in He is so ill he could drop off any time. [Early 1800s]
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drop off

v.
1. To fall off something: The box must have dropped off the back of the truck.
2. To cause something to fall off something: The hiker dropped the rock off the cliff's edge.
3. To deliver something to some place: Drop those DVDs off at the video store on your way home. We'll drop off the gifts at your house later.
4. To decline: Sales dropped off in December.
5. To fall asleep: The movie was so dull that I dropped off for a while.
See also: drop, off
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CHITRAL -- A good Samaritan has launched a free bus service here to take people to hospitals from near their houses and drop them off back.
Professor John Ashton, who takes over as president of the Faculty of Public Health today, said that if parents must drive their children to school they should have to drop them off a few hundred yards away so children get a small amount of exercise.
Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave.
I want to drop them off and leave them there, let them become one with the other side of the tracks, get them four mouths to feed and no welfare, have scare tactics run through them like a laxative, criticizing them for needing assistance.
I don't know why they can't revert to the old way when you just drive up to the front of the airport, drop them off and move off immediately.
A LATE-NIGHT bus driver who made lone female passengers flash their breasts before he'd drop them off was jailed for two years yesterday.
The service lost many blankets in a fire earlier this year and anyone who can spare blankets should ring the kennels in Corporation Road, Birkenhead on 0151 6478799 or drop them off there.
They drop them off at a neighborhood Peanut Hotline business, usually a local shipping or gift store, for reuse.
Consumers in communities served by Dell's recycling tour will have the opportunity to empty their closets and garages of any brand computer, monitor, printer and other computer equipment and drop them off at their local collection event to be responsibly recycled.
Send donations of money or DVDs to Take a Soldier to the Movies, c/o Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 2340 Hollywood Way, Burbank, or drop them off at a Lockheed Credit Union branch.
And families who bring their kids can drop them off in Smaland, a supervised play area where they can rest or enjoy activities while their parents shop.
Those who want to donate books can drop them off at 3900 Castlerock Road, Malibu, or 10325 Orton Ave.
Customers bring their items to any QuikDrop store in the US, Canada and Australia, drop them off, and have them researched, listed and sold on eBay.
Voters can mail their ballots or drop them off Feb.
That afternoon, the limousine will drop them off at the Miami Beach Marina helipad for a romantic one-hour sunset helicopter tour of Greater Miami and the Florida Keys.