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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
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 house is small and white, set down in a delightful little hollow that drops away from the road.
The cliff edge, at Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, loses about 10ins a year as it erodes and drops away.
The launcher arm drops away only when you shoot, not when you let your bow down slowly.
wind in her sails, small runnel of sand shakes drops away as she kites
Upon release, the cradle drops away for total fletching clearance.
If the case drops away from the bolt, pull the end opposite the rivet from under the case rim and squeeze that end toward the riveted side to increase tension.
The chunk-granite banking drops away from the woven
Upon entering the foyer, though, patrons will see that the floor drops away, and that the chandelier is actually hanging over the escalator and staircase that lead down to the theaters.
Seaward from this silver-blue scene, the bottom drops away abruptly to dark depths thousands of meters below.
NASA's experimental X-43A jet, mounted on a Pegasus rocket booster, drops away after detaching from a modified B-52B bomber
The jet drops away from a modified B-52Bbomber after taking off in California
It also serves as a platform from which the ground drops away on three sides, allowing the wings to step down into the landscape.
The rest rises to a preset position, then drops away as the string is released.
The drag chain drops away from beneath the cases, enabling them to accumulate on a bed of three parallel static accumulation support bars with minimal chain-to-product contact.
Here, here at the heart of all things there is a silence -- a silence where knowledge drops away, where virtue is dumb and humble, where anarchy has a harmonious laugh, and where extremely irreverent jokes are actually genuinely funny.