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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 ?
The house is small and white, set down in a delightful little hollow that drops away from the road.
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
Mark Davison said the risk assessment for the trip had identified the high Andes, where the land frequently drops away dizzyingly from the roads, as the most dangerous areas for road travel.
Here, the bottom drops away more than a mile and divers peer into the blue abyss, looking for a patrolling gray shark.
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.