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[drop-bak] /ˈdrɒpˌbæk/
a lowering, as of prices or standards, especially to a previous level:
Auto manufacturers requested a dropback in emissions standards.
Origin of dropback
noun use of verb phrase drop back Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was unavailing and he had to drop back, hanging below the slender bar.

  • I'll leave you then, I'll drop back to say good-bye and stay awhile before I go.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • Clif and his gallant band were compelled to drop back from tree to tree.

    A Prisoner of Morro

    Upton Sinclair
  • "I'll drop back to a place of safety," returned the senator's son.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • There was grave danger that he should drop back into the depths, and then he must sink like a stone.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • So pretty soon Bony began to drop back, and we caught up with him.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • Then, the crowd seeing no more chance for fun, began to drop back.

    The Motor Girls on the Coast Margaret Penrose
  • She let them drop back again on to the open page of the book.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
Idioms and Phrases with drop back

drop back

Step back, retreat. For example, When it was time for a group picture, Mary dropped back.
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