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slope away from (something)

1. To recede from something at a downward angle. Our driveway slopes away from the house, so you've got to be careful to always have your handbrake on when you park your car out front. Tell the landscapers to make sure that the grass slopes away from the center of the field. That way, rainwater will naturally drain off into the gutters and we won't be left with big muddy patches.
2. To cause or construct something to recede from something at a downward angle. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "slope" and "down." I want to slope the floor of the stables away from the horses' stalls so water won't collect beneath them when we bathe them. The builder obviously wasn't paying attention, because he ended up sloping the bookshelf away from the wall.
See also: away, slope

slope away from something

to slant downward and away from something. The lawn sloped away from the patio toward the riverbank. The porch sloped away from the house at a very slight angle.
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References in classic literature ?
Madame Olenska's pale and serious face appealed to his fancy as suited to the occasion and to her unhappy situation; but the way her dress (which had no tucker) sloped away from her thin shoulders shocked and troubled him.
Your flagstones should be slightly sloped away from the house in order to shed rainwater away and they should be below the damp proof course.
Thankfully my packet was found in seconds and I sloped away from the soul destroying void dodging the envious gazes of other Amazon.co.uk addicts.
Just over two weeks ago I sloped away from the soulless bowl of the Riverside Stadium, depressed almost beyond repair by our inability to defeat the second-worst side in the league, the calibre of our squad players, and the commercial callousness of Middlesbrough printing two versions of the match programme with different covers.
They stood more upright than the more common birch twig fences, which sloped away from the horses.
Don't think England's stance is unique, it's exactly the same one Manchester United have taken ever since their gormless plank of a centre-half sloped away from the drug testers at Carrington.
Over the 3/4-inch plywood subfloor, he put a dense insulating foam that sloped away from the home.
Proud of the attention to detail in the design of the hub, Huweart points out that the loading apron is sloped away from the building at loading docks, and sloped towards the building at the unloading docks.
"We wanted something in the tiny garden that would weather like a fine old teak garden bench.' To extend the life of the posts, he put 4 inches of gravel in the bottom of each post hole, then poured the concrete so it came above grade and sloped away from the posts.
Instead of the concrete that sloped away from the house, the Gambles now have a redwood floor.