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      vb   adv  
1    intr   to grow smaller or less; decline  
2    tr   to allow to alight; set down  
3    intr  
Informal   to fall asleep  
4    a steep or vertical descent  
5    a sharp decrease  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
1    a small quantity of liquid that forms or falls in a spherical or pear-shaped mass; globule  
2    a very small quantity of liquid  
3    a very small quantity of anything  
4    something resembling a drop in shape or size, such as a decorative pendant or small sweet  
5    the act or an instance of falling; descent  
6    a decrease in amount or value; slump  
a drop in prices     
7    the vertical distance that anything may fall  
8    a steep or sheer incline or slope  
9       short for       fruit drop  
10    the act of unloading troops, equipment, or supplies by parachute  
11    (in cable television) a short spur from a trunk cable that feeds signals to an individual house  
12      (Theatre)      See       drop curtain  
13       another word for       trap door       gallows  
14      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a slot or aperture through which an object can be dropped to fall into a receptacle  
15      (Nautical)   the midships height of a sail bent to a fixed yard  
   Compare       hoist       6a  
16      (Austral, cricket)  
slang   a fall of the wicket  
he came in at first drop     
17       See       drop shot  
18    a drop in the bucket (or in the ocean)   an amount very small in relation to what is needed or desired  
19    at the drop of a hat   without hesitation or delay  
20    have had a drop too much   to be drunk  
21    have the drop on (someone)     (U.S. and N.Z.)   to have the advantage over (someone)  
      vb   , drops, dropping, dropped  
22    (of liquids) to fall or allow to fall in globules  
23    to fall or allow to fall vertically  
24    tr   to allow to fall by letting go of  
25    to sink or fall or cause to sink or fall to the ground, as from a blow, wound, shot, weariness, etc.  
26    intr; foll by: back, behind, etc.   to fall, move, or go in a specified manner, direction, etc.  
27    intr; foll by: in, by, etc.  
Informal   to pay a casual visit (to)  
28    to decrease or cause to decrease in amount or value  
the cost of living never drops     
29    to sink or cause to sink to a lower position, as on a scale  
30    to make or become less in strength, volume, etc.  
31    intr   to sink or decline in health or condition  
32    intr; sometimes foll by: into   to pass easily into a state or condition  
to drop into a habit     
33    intr   to move along gently as with a current of water or air  
34    tr   to allow to pass casually in conversation  
to drop a hint     
35    tr   to leave out (a word or letter)  
36    tr   to set down or unload (passengers or goods)  
37    tr   to send or post  
drop me a line     
38    tr   to discontinue; terminate  
let's drop the matter     
39    tr   to cease to associate or have to do with  
40    tr  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)   to cease to employ  
he was dropped from his job     
41    tr; sometimes foll by: in, off, etc.  
Informal   to leave or deposit, esp. at a specified place  
42    (of animals) to give birth to (offspring)  
43    Slang     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to lose (money), esp. when gambling  
44    tr   to lengthen (a hem, etc.)  
45    tr   to unload (troops, equipment, or supplies) by parachute  
46    tr     (Nautical)   to leave behind; sail out of sight of  
47    tr     (Sport)   to omit (a player) from a team  
48    tr   to lose (a score, game, or contest)  
the champion dropped his first service game     
49    tr     (Golf, basketball, etc.)   to hit or throw (a ball) into a goal  
he dropped a 30 foot putt     
50    tr   to hit (a ball) with a drop shot  
51    drop astern     (Nautical)   to fall back to the stern (of another vessel)  
52    tr     (Motor racing, slang)   to spin (the car) and (usually) crash out of the race  
53    tr  
Slang   to swallow (a drug, esp. a barbiturate or LSD)  
54    drop dead!  
Slang   an exclamation of contempt  
55      (Rugby)      short for       drop kick       drop-kick     (See also)        drop away       drop off       dropout       drops  
     (Old English dropian; related to Old High German triofan to drip)  

acid drop  
      n   a boiled sweet with a sharp taste  
blood-drop emlets  
      n   functioning as sing   a Chilean scrophulariaceous plant, Mimulus luteus, naturalized in central Europe, having red-spotted yellow flowers  
   See also       monkey flower       musk       3  
cough drop  
      n   a lozenge to relieve a cough  
delayed drop  
      n     (Aeronautics)   a parachute descent with the opening of the parachute delayed, usually for a predetermined period  
drop away  
      vb   intr, adv   to fall or go away gradually  
drop cannon  
      n     (Billiards)   a shot in which the first object ball joins or gathers with the cue ball and the other object ball, esp. at the top of the table  
drop curtain  
      n     (Theatre)   a curtain that is suspended from the flies and can be raised and lowered onto the stage,   (Also called)    drop cloth, drop  
Informal   outstandingly or exceptionally  
drop-dead gorgeous     
drop-dead fee  
      n   a fee paid to an organization lending money to a company that is hoping to use it to finance a takeover bid. The fee is only paid if the bid fails and interest charges are only incurred if the money is needed  
drop forge  
1      (Also called)    drop hammer   a device for forging metal between two dies, one of which is fixed, the other acting by gravity or by steam or hydraulic pressure  
  drop-forge   tr  
2    to forge (metal) into (a component) by the use of a drop forge  
drop goal  
      n     (Rugby)   a goal scored with a drop kick during the run of play  
drop hammer  
      n      another name for       drop forge  
drop-in centre  
      n     (Social welfare)   (in Britain) a daycentre run by the social services or a charity that clients may attend on an informal basis  
drop kick  
1    a kick in certain sports such as rugby, in which the ball is dropped and kicked as it bounces from the ground  
   Compare       punt   2       place kick  
2    a wrestling attack, illegal in amateur wrestling, in which a wrestler leaps in the air and kicks his opponent in the face or body with both feet  
3    to kick (a ball, etc.) using a drop kick  
4    to kick (an opponent in wrestling) by the use of a drop kick  
drop leaf  
a    a hinged flap on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket or additional pivoted leg to extend the surface  
b    (as modifier)  
a drop-leaf table     
drop lock  
      n     (Finance)   a variable-rate bank loan used on international markets that is automatically replaced by a fixed-rate long-term bond if the long-term interest rates fall to a specified level; it thus combines the advantages of a bank loan with those of a bond  
drop off  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to grow smaller or less; decline  
2    tr   to allow to alight; set down  
3    intr  
Informal   to fall asleep  
4    a steep or vertical descent  
5    a sharp decrease  
drop scone  
      n   a flat spongy cake made by dropping a spoonful of batter on a griddle,   (Also called)    girdlecake, griddlecake, Scotch pancake     (Scot.)   pancake  
drop shipment  
      n   a consignment invoiced to a wholesaler or other middleman but sent directly to the retailer by a manufacturer  
drop shot  
a      (Tennis)   a softly-played return that drops abruptly after clearing the net, intended to give an opponent no chance of reaching the ball and usually achieved by imparting backspin  
b      (Squash)   a similar shot that stops abruptly after hitting the front wall of the court  
2    a type of shot made by permitting molten metal to percolate through a sieve and then dropping it into a tank of water  
drop tank  
      n   an external aircraft tank, usually containing fuel, that can be detached and dropped in flight  
fruit drop  
1    the premature shedding of fruit from a tree before fully ripe  
2    a boiled sweet with a fruity flavour  
knee drop  
      n   a wrestling attack in which a wrestler lifts his opponent and drops him onto his bent knee  
lemon drop  
      n   a lemon-flavoured boiled sweet  
mail drop  
      n     (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a receptacle or chute for mail  
      n   paralysis of the extensor muscles of the wrist and fingers  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


drop off

1    decline, decrease, diminish, dwindle, fall off, lessen, slacken  
2    allow to alight, deliver, leave, let off, set down  
3      (informal)   catnap, doze (off), drowse, fall asleep, have forty winks     (informal)   nod (off), snooze     (informal)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

1    bead, bubble, driblet, drip, droplet, globule, pearl, tear  
2    dab, dash, mouthful, nip, pinch, shot     (informal)   sip, spot, taste, tot, trace, trickle  
3    abyss, chasm, declivity, descent, fall, plunge, precipice, slope  
4    cut, decline, decrease, deterioration, downturn, fall-off, lowering, reduction, slump  
5    dribble, drip, fall in drops, trickle  
6    decline, depress, descend, diminish, dive, droop, fall, lower, plummet, plunge, sink, tumble  
7    abandon, axe     (informal)   cease, desert, discontinue, forsake, give up, kick     (informal)   leave, quit, relinquish, remit, terminate  
8      (informal)   disown, ignore, jilt, reject, renounce, repudiate, throw over  
9      (sometimes with)       off   deposit, leave, let off, set down, unload  

drop in (on)     
blow in     (informal)   call, call in, go and see, look in (on), look up, pop in     (informal)   roll up     (informal)   stop, turn up, visit  
drop off  
1    decline, decrease, diminish, dwindle, fall off, lessen, slacken  
2    allow to alight, deliver, leave, let off, set down  
3      (informal)   catnap, doze (off), drowse, fall asleep, have forty winks     (informal)   nod (off), snooze     (informal)  
drop out     
abandon, back out, cop out     (slang)   fall by the wayside, forsake, give up, leave, quit, renege, stop, withdraw  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
make a sensational announcement
[Fig.] E.g.: Today's newspapers dropped a bomb about the President's past.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
without any hesitation, delay or preparation ; instantly ; at the slightest signal/urging/pretext/provocation
Note: Probably alludes to the late 19th century common practice of signaling the start of a race or other contest by either dropping a hat or sweeping it in a rapid downward motion. Ex.: Call Mike if you need help; he can come at the drop of a hat / He was known for his generosity and kindness but when things were going wrong at work, he could turn nasty at the drop of a hat
telling someone to fight you."do sth !"
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen
laughing my fucking ass off
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
This term means leaving a discussion after you achieve an absolute victory
[Fig.] E.g.: My presentation was so successful. It was the ultimate mic drop.
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
talk incessantly ; be very talkative/voluble ; be a chatterbox
[UK] [informal] Ex: When it comes to Pink Floyd, his all-time favorite band, he can talk the hind legs off a donkey!
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