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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Morris's pithiest utterances are let fall with the carelessness that his rhetorical boilerplate is.
This is the second time this year that Myriad's new London production arm has remounted a movie that another financier let fall. It rescued the Marc Evans horror pic "Trauma," starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari, after Pathe pulled out.
For the last twenty years we've let fall into disrepair nearly all of the public infrastructure--roads, water systems, schools, power plants, bridges, hospitals, broadcast frequencies--that provides the country with a foundation for its common enterprise.
Cahill does, however, let fall a few hints regarding Christianity's war against learning, mentioning Pope Gregory's hostility toward non-Christian classics and St.
"I must let fall before all men, I do prefer this book of Martin Luther upon the Galatians, excepting the Holy Bible, before all the books that ever I have seen, as most fit for a wounded conscience" (GA, 131).(16) I intend here to suggest why this is so and how it is that Bunyan inscribes Luther into his own conversion account.
So one other detail that he let fall is worth "sharing." There was, he said, one argument that carried no weight at all with anyone in the room.
Parker's final words on this collaborative project speak volumes to the gulf that persisted between her experience and that of Rawlings: "All I ever got from the cookbook was an autographed copy, but in those days I was grateful for any little crumb that white people let fall, so I kept my thoughts about the cookbook strictly to myself' (p.
Next to nothing has been said about the materials from which the novelist fashioned his portrait, and most critics apparently presume it was drawn from life, and that Dickens, trained to swift and accurate notation as a parliamentary reporter, improvised with fragments of conversation and apercus, that Hunt let fall in the course of their meetings.
to let fall There were gasps in the crowd as Mo crashed to the ground amid fears his dreams of gold were over.
This was, after all, the Catholic saint who, supremely confident that she would shoot straight up to her beloved Jesus' side, promised that "I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth; I will let fall a shower of roses." And yes, believe it or not, my friends and I did get many roses.
Then Amelie had been helping the mare to foal and it had let fall a long legged colt that had lain helplessly in the straw, its coat dark chestnut streaked with blood and birth-slime.
From my personal experience, I know that many Asian companies now practice what we have let fall by the wayside.
Members of the Property Pin website, who campaign for house prices in Ireland to be let fall naturally, intend to complain to the EU en-masse about this week's decision.