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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.
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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

drop back

Step back, retreat. For example, When it was time for a group picture, Mary dropped back.
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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
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Again he dropped back on a zone blitz, and again the ball came his way.
SPLASH AND GRAB: The woman is plucked to safety, only to be dropped back into the water
Team captain David Swinburne, running a long leg, dropped back to seventh and by half-way Morpeth were in ninth thanks to the efforts of English Schools' 10th placer, Ross Floyd.
Utilities output dropped back a bit after its September gain.
8% share, Motorola narrowly regained second place from Samsung, which dropped back to third with a 13.
Newsome dropped back and threw a pass to Joseph Higgens, who evaded a defender then threw a pass across his body to a wide-open Perez on the left side.
However, production of construction supplies declined for the fourth successive month, and output of both cars and trucks dropped back to about their March levels.
Technically speaking, the stock has dropped back to support at its 20-week moving average as it continues to battle resistance in the 47-48 area.
Much better run anticipated now he is dropped back in trip in this lesser grade.
Nearly every time he dropped back and planted his feet, there were defenders in his face.
From a technical perspective, the stock dropped back to support at its rising 10-day moving average yesterday.
Dropped back in trip and expected to break the trend.
Apparently too upset to accept that Azeri had an off day, owner Michael Paulson blamed jockey Mike Smith for her loss to Got Koko and Alex Solis, in which she broke a step slowly and dropped back to fifth in the six-horse field early in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Handicap in front of 20,317 fans.