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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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In the Qur'an, Dr Richer concluded by saying, but absent from the Bible, is a description of how Mary, when she was in labour with Jesus beneath a date palm, heard a voice which told her, "Shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee.
This does not seem like any tension whatsoever, since either we worry about the concrete details for the sake of the well-delimited cognitive intention (such as when we specify whether we push or let fall the body that will stop the trolley), or for rhetorical or epistemological purposes (such as when we supply details in order to facilitate something's imaginability).
In time to a pre-recorded drum-roll and orchestra stab, Mark Saltveit let fall the previously hidden lower half of the trophy, which was a mirror image of the upper half: a suitably palindromic moment to close the inaugural World Palindrome Championship.
I imagine that if I were a man I would be able to construct entire meals from whatever I had unintentionally let fall into my whiskers over the course of a week.
Almost every sane person in the land these days wishes he or she could fly a Lancaster over Brussels and Strasbourg and let fall a couple of VILLAIN particularly hot incendiaries.
Mitchell's reading of "The Old Cumberland Beggar" in terms of its curious chains of such "parasitings" (the birds feed from the crumbs that the beggar's palsied hands let fall, the beggar feeds from the charity of the villagers, etc.
And unfortunately for the detective, the man he let fall to his near-death wakes up from his coma.
BDI called on Albanians to keep their calm and not let fall prey to provocation and scenarios undermining Macedonia's EU integration and tainting the image of Albanians in all countries where they live.
Wright does present a lot of common sense ideas in his latest book--at one point he reveals that "a detailed internal position description helps match candidate skills during interviews"--but the tips can point out things we easily let fall to the wayside when we're being lazy.