drop across (someone or something)

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drop across (someone or something)

1. To fall on and splay across someone or something. The garland fell and dropped across the lower branches of the Christmas tree.
2. To fall (or to place down), either across a gap or blocking something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "drop" and "across." The tree dropped across the road, blocking traffic for hours. Drop that towel across the spill until we can find a mop.
See also: across, drop

drop something across something

to let something fall in such a way that a span is bridged; to let something fall in such a way that a pathway is blocked. Let's drop a little rug across the threshold. They dropped a huge boulder across the road so no one could pass.
See also: across, drop

drop across someone or something

[for something long or wide] to fall on and lay on someone or something. A snake dropped across the hood of the tourist bus as it passed under a tree. As I lay sleeping, a ceiling panel dropped across me and woke me up.
See also: across, drop
References in classic literature ?
This case presents no difficulty on my view, for a hooked seed might be transported to an island by some other means; and the plant then becoming slightly modified, but still retaining its hooked seeds, would form an endemic species, having as useless an appendage as any rudimentary organ,--for instance, as the shrivelled wings under the soldered elytra of many insular beetles.