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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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4 months, n = 15); for this comparison, two groups were equalized with respect to age and cane-use experience, which was found to be significantly related to the detection of drop-offs (Kim et al.
Furthermore, investigation of how other ergonomic factors, including weight and flexibility of the cane shaft, affect the detection of drop-offs may be useful.
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.
On receiving a signal from the experimenter, a participant walked toward the drop-off using either the standard-length cane or the extended-length cane (10 inches longer than the standard length) according to the randomized schedule of the trials.
Carpeting on the plywood boards was identical to the carpeting on the walkway, which was intended to prevent the participants from using tactile and auditory feedback for detecting drop-offs.
The experimenter had to intervene at times to prevent injuries, particularly when larger drop-offs were presented.
In addition, the drop-off detection rate for large drop-offs (12.
Younger cane users detected drop-offs better than older cane users, which is consistent with the literature on how age is associated with proprioceptive/kinesthetic and vibrotactile perceptual abilities [25-28], as well as the result of a preliminary study result [33].
WASHINGTON -- Pavement edge drop-off related crashes are substantially more likely than other crashes on similar roadways to result in serious injuries, and are more than twice as likely to be fatal, according to a recent study sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Characterized by a shoulder that is lower than the edge of the paved road surface, pavement edge drop-off can be caused by pavement breaking, erosion and wear of unpaved shoulders, inadequate maintenance, or resurfacing projects that neglect to keep shoulders level with the paved road surface.
Crashes related to pavement edge drop-off are relatively infrequent, but are often very severe.
Based on the analysis of crash data, the AAA Foundation report recommends that transportation agencies adopt a policy requiring routine comprehensive sampling of pavement edge drop-off on their roads, and prompt remediation of any pavement edge drop-off of depth meeting or exceeding a prescribed threshold, which should be no higher than 2 inches.
One of the primary purposes of the study presented here was to determine whether the constant contact technique's advantage over the two-point touch technique in detecting drop-offs (Kim et al.
A mixed-measures design with block randomization was used for the study, in which the participants detected the drop-offs using either the two-point touch or the constant contact technique.
Interrater reliability for detecting drop-offs was 98% in the preliminary study (Kim et al.