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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.
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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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Andrea Pirlo, in particular, needs time and space to exert his influence, and he might find Suarez dropping back to shut him down.
Lewis cars held the first three spots early on, with Darland quickly dropping back.
We knew she wasn't short of speed but she blitzed them with her early pace, so dropping back a furlong certainly won't be a negative.
Quote: ``After I bought it, the stock shot up to about $120 per share before dropping back down to $20.
He ended up on the floor when odds-on for what proved to be a messy Coronation Cup final at Romford last month, but has been reported none the worse since and should not be unduly inconvenienced by dropping back to four bends.
Dropping back to pass against Dallas, Peete tore his right patella tendon and was gone for the season.
We're leaving them off this time and we're hoping for a good run, although he is dropping back two furlongs in trip.
5 seconds of weightlessness before dropping back down to the station.