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let (something) drop

1. To cease discussing or dwelling upon something. Look, we can't afford a new car right now, so just let the matter drop already!
2. To accidentally or inadvertently reveal some secret or important piece of information. I can't believe your sister let news of our engagement drop in front of your parents last night! The agent, under the influence of a powerful truth serum, let drop the names of other operatives working covertly in the area.
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let drop

Also, let fall. Utter a word or hint, either casually or inadvertently. For example, He let drop the fact that he'd decided to run for office, or She let fall some bits of gossip about the other teachers. [Late 1500s]
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He let drop news that he is marrying Mrs Parker Bowles just as Barclays announced a pounds 4.
One read: "Having consulted the Ambassador to the Holy See and the Portuguese Government, the Department came to the conclusion that the Spanish suggestion was ill-conceived and unrealistic and the matter was quietly let drop.
He let drop a remark about 'perhaps ten per cent' of Britain's population feeling the pinch if things go wrong because they have borrowed too much -close on six million people.
Meantime, as the Chancellor proudly let drop that, since Labour came to power in 1997, the fuel escalator had paid off a handy pounds 30 billion of the national debt, before rousing the refinery blockaders to rebellion.
We also see her as a bride (an hour after their wedding Walton was to let drop, casually, the fact that he would not want their union to produce any children - some years later he would dragoon her into having an abortion) and as a honeymooner voyaging to England with her new husband.
As to L&G, the market might have been more merciful if it had promised to join the buy-back craze, or at least let drop a tantalising word about mergers, consolidation, or its ambitions here or there.
Then yesterday, presenting a dismal CBI Industry industrial survey, Mr Nick Reilly, chairman of Vauxhall, our most profitable car builder, let drop the word 'recession'.
That done, NatWest was able to let drop hints that if its shareholders let it escape it will reward them with huge helpings of cash to be raised by selling most of the bits and pieces of itself that Bank of Scotland says it would sell.
Last year Dr Mervyn King, now a deputy governor of the Bank, did let drop the increases were 'on pause' with the result that he had to un-say it when the pause came to an end.