drop1 W2S1 [drɔp US dra:p] v past tense and past participle dropped present participle dropping
1¦(let something fall)¦
3¦(move your body down)¦
4¦(become less)¦
6¦(not include)¦
7¦(stop doing something)¦
8¦(stop talking about something)¦
9¦(take somebody somewhere)¦
10¦(take something somewhere)¦
12¦(slope downwards)¦
13¦(end a relationship)¦
14 until/till you drop
15 drop a hint
16 drop somebody a line/note
17 drop dead
18 somebody's jaw dropped
19 drop your eyes/gaze
20 the wind drops
21 drop a bombshell
22 drop somebody in it
23 drop $50/£2000 etc
24 drop a catch
25 drop a point
26 be dropping like flies
27 drop a clanger/brick
28 drop a stitch
29 drop anchor
30 drop acid
Phrasal verbs
 drop back
 drop off
 drop out
[: Old English; Origin: droppian]
a) to stop holding or carrying something so that it falls
He dropped his briefcase on a chair.
She screamed and dropped the torch.
b) to make something such as a bomb fall from a plane
U.S. planes began dropping bombs on the city.
Supplies are being dropped for the refugees.
2.) ¦(FALL)¦
to fall suddenly onto the ground or into something
drop from/off
The apples are beginning to drop from the trees.
Your button has dropped off.
3.) ¦(MOVE YOUR BODY DOWN)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, T]
to lower yourself or part of your body suddenly
drop down/onto/into
He dropped down onto the floor and hid under the table.
She dropped her head back against the cushion.
4.) ¦(BECOME LESS)¦ [I]
to fall to a lower level or amount, especially a much lower level or amount
drop suddenly/sharply/dramatically
The number of deaths on the roads has dropped sharply.
Temperatures drop quite dramatically at night, so bring some warm clothing.
drop to
Their share of the market dropped to 50 percent this year.
5.) ¦(REDUCE)¦ [T]
to reduce the level or amount of something
You might be able to get them to drop the price .
As soon as she saw the police car she dropped her speed .
6.) ¦(NOT INCLUDE)¦ [T]
to decide not to include someone or something
His name was dropped from the list.
drop sb from a team/side
Taylor was bitterly disappointed to be dropped from the England side.
to stop doing something, discussing something, or continuing with something
The proposal was dropped after opposition from civil liberties groups.
drop charges/drop a case
New evidence was presented to the court and the case was dropped.
drop a subject at school/university
(=stop studying it)
Students are allowed to drop history in Year 9.
You can't expect me to drop everything (=completely stop doing whatever I am doing) whenever you're in town.
Oh, drop the 'Senator' (=stop calling me 'Senator') - just call me Gordon.
Some time later, the matter was quietly dropped.
to stop talking about something
drop the subject
To her relief, Julius dropped the subject .
drop it
(=stop talking about a subject)
Just drop it, will you ? I don't want to talk about it any more.
'What about the money?' 'We've agreed to let it drop (=we have agreed not to talk about it any more) .'
9.) ¦(TAKE SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE)¦ [i]also drop off [T]
to take someone by car to a place and leave them there, especially on your way to another place
Just drop me here - I can walk the rest of the way.
drop sb at sth
She dropped Johnny at the school gates at about 8:30.
to take something to a place and leave it there
drop sth round/in
I've got your books - I'll drop them round to your place later.
11.) ¦(VISIT)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to visit someone you know, usually without arranging a particular time
drop by/round
I just dropped by to see how you were getting on.
The kids drop round and see her from time to time.
drop into
Jan dropped into the office this morning to tell me her news.
drop in (on sb)
Why don't you drop in for a drink one evening?
12.) ¦(SLOPE DOWNWARDS)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if a path, land etc drops, it goes down suddenly, forming a steep slope
drop down
The cliff dropped down over a hundred feet to the sea below.
drop away
On the left the ground drops away, giving a view over the rooftops.
13.) ¦(END A RELATIONSHIP)¦ [T] informal
to suddenly stop having a relationship with someone, especially a romantic relationship
She dropped him as soon as she found out he had been seeing another woman.
14.) until/till you drop
until you are too tired to continue doing something
We're going to shop till we drop!
15.) drop a hint
to suggest or ask for something in an indirect way, hoping that the person you are talking to will understand what you mean
He dropped some big hints about what he wanted for his birthday.
16.) drop sb a line/note informal
to write a short letter to someone
Drop us a line to let us know how you're getting on.
17.) drop dead
a) informal to die suddenly
b) spoken informal an impolite expression which you say to someone when you are extremely angry with them
18.) sb's jaw dropped
used to say that someone was very surprised
19.) drop your eyes/gaze
to stop looking at someone and look down, usually because you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable
Ben looked at me in horror for a moment and then dropped his gaze.
20.) the wind drops
the wind stops
They waited for the wind to drop.
21.) drop a bombshell informal
to suddenly tell someone a shocking piece of news
Finally she dropped the bombshell. She was pregnant and I was the father.
22.) drop sb in it informal
to say or do something that gets someone else into trouble
You told her where we went on Friday night! You've really dropped me in it now!
23.) drop $50/£2000 etc [T] informal
to lose money in a business deal, a game etc
Phil dropped $200 playing poker yesterday.
24.) drop a catch
to fail to catch a ball hit by a ↑batsman in ↑cricket
25.) drop a point
to lose a point in a sports competition
Real Madrid dropped a point at home yesterday.
26.) be dropping like flies informal
if people are dropping like flies, they are getting ill or dying in large numbers
27.) drop a clanger/brick
BrE to say something embarrassing in a social situation
28.) drop a stitch
to let the wool fall off the needle when you are ↑knitting
29.) drop anchor
to lower a boat's ↑anchor to the bottom of the sea, a lake etc so that the boat does not float away
30.) drop acid informal
to swallow ↑LSD (=an illegal drug)
drop back phr v
to move more slowly than other people so that they get ahead of you
He started out with the leaders but at the first fence he dropped back.
Ellen dropped behind to tie her shoelace.
drop off phr v
1.) to begin to sleep
She kept dropping off at her desk.
I must have dropped off to sleep .
2.) drop sb/sth<=>off
to take someone or something to a place by car and leave them there on your way to another place
I'll drop you off on my way home.
3.) to fall to a lower level or amount
The number of graduates going into teaching has dropped off sharply.
drop out phr v
1.) to no longer do an activity or belong to a group
The group gets smaller as members move away or drop out.
2.) to leave a school or university before your course has finished
→↑dropout drop out of
Bill dropped out of college after his first year.
3.) to refuse to take part in ordinary society because you do not agree with its principles
In the 60s, Timothy Leary famously urged kids to 'Turn on, tune in and drop out.'
drop 2
drop2 W3S2 n
2¦(small amount)¦
4¦(distance to ground)¦
5 at the drop of a hat
7 lemon/fruit/chocolate etc drop
8 a drop in the ocean
9 eye/ear etc drops
[: Old English; Origin: dropa]
1.) ¦(LIQUID)¦
a very small amount of liquid that falls in a round shape
drop of
As the first drops of rain began to fall, Michael started to run.
A single drop of blood splashed onto the floor.
A drop of sweat ran down her forehead and into her eye.
2.) ¦(SMALL AMOUNT)¦ [usually singular] informal
a) a small amount of liquid that you drink, especially alcohol
drop of
She likes to add a drop of brandy to her tea.
George hasn't touched a drop (=drunk any alcohol) for years.
b) a small amount of something
drop of
I haven't got a drop of sympathy for him.
3.) ¦(REDUCTION)¦ [singular]
a reduction in the amount, level, or number of something, especially a large or sudden one
= ↑fall drop in
Manufacturers report a big drop in new orders.
a drop in temperature
a sharp/dramatic/marked drop in sth
The results showed a sharp drop in profits.
4.) ¦(DISTANCE TO GROUND)¦ [singular]
a distance from a higher point down to the ground or to a lower point
There was a steep drop on one side of the track.
a 20-metre drop
There was an almost sheer (=vertical) drop to the valley below.
5.) at the drop of a hat
immediately and without pausing to think about what you are going to do
Some of these corporations threaten to sue at the drop of a hat.
6.) ¦(DELIVERY)¦
an act of delivering something somewhere, for example by dropping it from a plane
Air drops (=from a plane) of food aid were made to the region yesterday.
My first drop of the day is usually somewhere in north London.
→↑mail drop
7.) lemon/fruit/chocolate etc drop
a sweet that tastes of ↑lemon etc
8.) a drop in the ocean
BrE a drop in the bucket
AmE a very small amount of something compared to what is needed or wanted
5000 new schools are to be built, but this is just a drop in the ocean for such a vast country.
9.) eye/ear etc drops
a type of medicine that you put in your eye, ear etc, one drop at a time

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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