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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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from Spain, and then drop us off in Poland with a Polish Lullaby.
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And the driver wouldn't even drop us off out in front of the bar
We'd be at her office at the Legal Assistance Centre, outside playing with those little yellow flowers shaped like bubble and we'd stick around until she'd finish or get Uncle George to drop us off at home.
So we had to recruit the darling daughter (who was having a night in with The X Factor) to both drop us off ("as long as you don't clash with my take away") and pick us up ("as long as you're not ridiculously late").
By that moment, as we crossed another checkpoint between Jerusalem and Betjala, I found out that the bus driver, who we asked to drop us off near the consulate, had completely forgotten about us.
morning to get ready, to cook us all breakfast, drop us off at school to
In the summers our parents would drop us off in the morning and we would play all day.
So, although there is no problem with the coaster bus picking up passengers, I do not see why they are not allowed to drop us off," he said.
We waved back at the friendly procession of boats as ours took us to a temple where we hand-fed catfish in the river, before arranging for Dream to drop us off at the temple of Wat Pho, a centre for traditional massage.
They had to drop us off much further down where we climbed to the scene.
And finally, on Princes Street: "Could you drop us off at the escalator that goes up to the castle?
I pointed out he was going down Bradley Road to get back to the depot so he might as well drop us off at our usual stop.
My parents would drive us across the Kentucky border into Cincinnati and drop us off at the library," she says.