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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.
See also: away, drop

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
References in classic literature ?
From every boat dories were dropping away like bees from a crowded hive; and the clamour of voices, the rattling of ropes and blocks, and the splash of the oars carried for miles across the heaving water.
Dundee had plenty of pace up front and their midfield dominated in a 4-0 romp at Kilmarnock, and they played well in first half against Hearts before inexplicably dropping away in the second half.
Moving up the tree after some decent placed efforts in Group Threes at York and Leopardstown, Joyeuse was floundering slightly in the final furlong against some seasoned rivals so perhaps deserves a little extra credit for not totally dropping away.
Nibali proved he is simply too strong for the rest on a day when his Astana team looked vulnerable, with chief lieutenant Jakob Fuglsang crashing on a descent and Michele Scarponi struggling and dropping away on the penultimate climb.
Bouggler was the only horse to offer a serious challenge, with the other runner Rackham Lerouge dropping away, and Wymott (8-13 favourite) had work to do to remove him from the equation turning for home.
The disappointment of the race was odds-on favourite Evasive, who travelled nicely in the early parts of the contest on his first start for Godolphin, before dropping away tamely once the pace quickened.
Water started dropping away quickly after the peak was reached however, falling 20cm in an hour-and-a-half.
At release of the string, the rest twists downward via spring action, completely dropping away from the shaft for zero fletching contact.
With the dropping away of infant death rates from more than 100-200 per 1000 to 10-15 per 1000, life-expectation at birth (as statistical artifact) obviously shot forward.
Instead of dropping away and leaving the marketplace, they continue to do well and grab audiences.
The way it's shaping up, it's very difficult to see two or three teams dropping away.
After leading until approaching the final furlong, Premio Loco looked like dropping away and pounds 50 was traded on him at the ceiling price of 1,000 on Betfair as Aljamaaheer (1.
Overnight leader Peter Gustafsson of Sweden found the sweltering heat and swirling wind too much, dropping away with a disappointing 79.
However, he was soon challenged by easy-to-back 7-2 chance Springfield Raki and when Leighton Aspell asked El Dancer for maximum effort there was no response, with the favourite dropping away to finish 13 lengths behind Springfield Raki, who went on to defy an in-running high of 24.
Nigel Tinkler's gelding ran a remarkable race, leading a bunch of four in the centre until entering the final 2f, at which point he looked like dropping away and pounds 5 was traded on him at 1000.