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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?
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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.
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The changes are introduced as the airport continually seeks feedback from customers, with feedback that taxis using the drop-off zone to wait for pick-ups are causing congestion.
Bosses said the PS2 charge for 20 minutes would save people using the express drop-off area, as currently drivers pay PS4 for 20 minutes.
Response from Dr Yousif Al Ali, acting CEO of the Public Transport Agency (RTA): "The driver can make multiple drop-offs on the same route, but the meter has to be running until the journey ends.
We placed two plywood boards (2 feet long and 4 feet wide) on top of braced rectangular frames (2 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 2 inches high) against the lengthwise end of the walkway to change the depth of the drop-off from trial to trial.
Silverlink is our seventh drop-off point and we hope to have 12 across the region by the end of the year.
We found no published experimental studies that examined the effect of age on drop-off detection.
Today's announced expansion brings the current number of drop-off locations to 310 nationwide.
Fire stations designated as drop-off sites will have bins available daily through Jan.
Private waste haulers will also include a tag line on their bills that encourages residents to sign up for curbside recycling or to take advantage of the city's 17 drop-off locations.
The mail was taken from a drop-off point in Mantilla Drive on Thursday, April 21.
Each person who makes a donation at the AmericanAirlines Arena drop-off location will receive a ticket voucher good for two tickets to select HEAT home games during the month of February*.
Al Ali said: "If four people decide to ride together in a cab on the same route, but will get off at four different points, the taxi driver is not permitted to stop the meter and restart the meter at every drop-off.
Aeroports de Montreal, a Canada-based airport authority that is responsible for the management, operation and development of the Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel international airports, has announced self-service baggage drop-off points at Montreal-Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Canada.
Abstract: This study examined the interaction effects of the amount of practice and the cane technique used in drop-off detection with a sample of 32 adults who were blind.
PASSENGERS reacted angrily last night to revelations that Newcastle International Airport is to axe a free drop-off outside the main terminal's entrance.