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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
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  • "I'll drop back far enough this time," Charley muttered to her, as they were thrown together in their last retreat.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • Clif and his gallant band were compelled to drop back from tree to tree.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Then, the crowd seeing no more chance for fun, began to drop back.

    The Motor Girls on the Coast Margaret Penrose
  • "I'll drop back to a place of safety," returned the senator's son.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Nick saw it coming, and was forced to drop back to the cellar floor.

    With Links of Steel Nicholas Carter
  • It was unavailing and he had to drop back, hanging below the slender bar.

  • Three bullets sped up at the assassin before he had time to drop back out of sight.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • 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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