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drop away

1. To fall off of something. If this many needles are dropping away from the Christmas tree, it's definitely time to get rid of it.
2. To become sequentially absent one at a time, or gradually decline in number or quantity. Attendance usually spikes after the New Year and then drops away. During the playoffs, teams drop away until only two are left to play each other in the championship game.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drop away

 
1. . Lit. to fall off; to fall away. The leaves were still dropping away from the trees in November. The dead branches dropped away from the tree.
2. Fig. [for a group of people] to decline in number over time through disinterest or attrition. His friends gradually dropped away as the years passed. As the other contenders dropped away, Mary's chances for election improved.
See also: away, drop
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The womanly power of self-devotion was strong in the child, and she remained faithfully at her post when all the rest dropped away. Hour after hour she sat in the dusky room, with one ray of light on her book, reading to the boy, who lay with shaded eyes silently enjoying the only pleasure that lightened the weary days.
She might have stayed even later, but the incident of her father's odd appearance and manner returned upon the girl's mind to make her anxious, and wondering what had become of him she dropped away from the dancers and bent her steps towards the end of the village at which the parental cottage lay.
Slowly, and in small clusters, with hoarse hurrahs and repetitions of their usual cry, the assembly dropped away. The last few red- eyed stragglers reeled after those who had gone before; the distant noise of men calling to each other, and whistling for others whom they missed, grew fainter and fainter; at length even these sounds died away, and silence reigned alone.
In the interval not a thought seemed to have passed behind her eyes or a feeling through her heart; and though her husband knew that she had the capacity for both he marvelled afresh at the way in which experience dropped away from her.
When three more miles had dropped away behind them the child had not spoken.
He must not be suffered to wander so far from us, Oliver; remember how suddenly Mohegan dropped away.”
In a minute - in another half-second - he felt he would arrive at the solution of the tremendous puzzle; but here, as always happens, his mind dropped away from those heights with a rush of a wounded bird, and passing his hand before his eyes, he shook his head.
But he has also been part of a team that has - so far under Mauricio | Spurs' Christian Eriksen Pochettino - fallen short in the big moments, as they dropped away in the 2015-16 Premier League title race, lost the 2015 Carabao Cup final to Chelsea and lost two FA Cup semi-finals.
The Dermot Weld-trained Centroid dropped away tamely to finish a wellbeaten fourth of five behind Aidan O'Brien's 92-rated, seasonal debutant Saracen Knight, which made all for an emphatic victory over Baha.
Jumped particularly well in front for a long way on his chase debut last week, but dropped away close home and while the shorter trip will suit, this is a stiff track.
Balder Succes was then narrowly beaten by God's Own at Punchestown but he possibly paid for keeping tabs on Champagne Fever and when that one dropped away tamely, Balder Succes just could not fend off the late closers.
In the charts this week, The Last of Us secured its fifth week at the top of the chart, while Minecraft dropped away falling three places from two to five.
The Sawyer attempted to make all of the running, but dropped away with a mile to run - at which stage According To Pete kicked on.
DUBAWI Gold is set to be a hot favourite for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas as his potential rivals dropped away in increasing numbers yesterday.
As Monitor Closely dropped away, Mastery and Kite Wood eyeballed each other in a protracted duel.