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drop back

1. To move away from someone or something, especially to provide space and privacy. Hey guys, can you drop back a little so that I can talk to this girl alone? The bodyguard tried to get the photographers to drop back while the singer exited her vehicle.
2. In American football, to move back behind the line of scrimmage. The quarterback is known for dropping back very quickly before he throws.
See also: back, drop
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drop back

 
1. . to fall back to an original position. His arm raised up and then dropped back. The lid dropped back to its original position as soon as we let go of it.
2. to go slowly and lose one's position in a march or procession. He dropped back a bit and evened up the spacing in the line of marchers. He got tired and dropped back a little.
See also: back, drop
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

drop back

Step back, retreat. For example, When it was time for a group picture, Mary dropped back.
See also: back, drop
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

drop back

v.
1. To take a position behind some group by moving more slowly: I dropped back behind the group of my friends and walked alone on the beach.
2. Football To back away from the line of scrimmage: The quarterback dropped back to throw a pass.
See also: back, drop
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Again he dropped back on a zone blitz, and again the ball came his way.
Add to these numbers the 21 students who were enrolled but had been retained in grade (dropped back) at the time of graduation and the total number of students who did not receive a diploma from the high school as scheduled soars to 247 (54.8%).
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But pupils across the city dropped back slightly in maths, with 72 per cent reaching level five in the subject, compared with 73 per cent previously.
The Frenchman had gone into Rally Norway holding a two-point lead over Gronholm but saw any hopes of retaining that advantage evaporate on day two when he crashed twice and dropped back from third to 16th.
Welshman Geraint Thomas also dropped back after finishing the day in 72nd, almost 30 minutes behind the leader.
Ivan Hollingsworth dropped back to third on leg three and Michael Morris consolidated third at the end of the fourth leg.
The flavonoid concentrations dropped back down after the smokers stopped drinking the juice.
Among durable goods materials, the output of parts for consumer goods, which had spiked up in the fourth quarter, dropped back, on balance, in the first quarter.
Michel Fabrizio looked capable of catching the top three at one point but eventually the Suzuki Alstare rider dropped back to take a safe fourth place.
Stevie Gee ran very well when dropped back to a stiff six furlongs at Pontefract and we're hoping the visor has the same impact.
OIL prices dropped back for the second day yesterday as fears over potential damage from Hurricane Dean on US oil production eased.
The Scots, who led the field in practice, were lying fifth after the third day, but dropped back to sixth behind England, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy in the final session.
Ben Hanbury's four-year-old has proved a smart performer since being dropped back to sprinting when he encounters a sound surface as witnessed by his defeat of Welcome Friend in this Listed six-furlong contest last season.