More than once the negro had tried to drop behind, but each time Randal roughly ordered him to push ahead.
The soldiers had not seen him drop behind, but the porters had.
At six miles my favourite mare could no longer keep up with the rest, and we were obliged to let her drop behind.
She tried to drop behind; but the team had an infinite capacity for loitering.
Then he turned on the drive, set it at half a gee, and watched the STS-52 drop behind him.
All of a sudden we saw him drop behind a bush and lie still.
"We had to drop behind a little," said Miss Nugent, raising her voice.
One is chosen out and is given a nut which he is to drop behind some child.
When the Delhi increases her pace, they drop behind and paddle back to the harbour with the proceeds of their diving feats.
As the day advances and the warriors become tired, they drop behind.
Old English dropa "a drop of liquid," from Proto-Germanic *drupon (cf. Old Saxon dropo, Old Norse dropi, Dutch drop, Old High German tropfo, German Tropfen (n.)), from PIE *dhreu-.
Meaning "an act of dropping" is from 1630s; of immaterial things (prices, temperatures, etc.) from mid-19c. Meaning "lozenge, hard candy" is 1723. Meaning "secret place where things can be left illicitly and picked up later" is from 1931.
Drop in the bucket (late 14c.) is from Isa. ix:15 [KJV]. At the drop of a hat "suddenly" is from 1854; drop-in "casual visit" is 1819; drop-kick is 1857. To get the drop on someone originally was Old West gunslinger slang (1869).
Old English dropian "to fall in drops" (see drop (n.)). Meaning "to fall vertically" is late 14c. Transitive sense "allow to fall" is mid-14c. Related: Dropped; dropping. Exclamation drop dead is from 1934; as an adjective meaning "stunning, excellent" it is first recorded 1970.
The smallest quantity of liquid heavy enough to fall in a spherical mass.
A volume of liquid equal to 1/76 of a teaspoon and regarded as a unit of dosage for medication.
A small globular piece of candy, usually readily dissolved in the mouth.