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drop-in

[ drop-in ]
/ ˈdrɒpˌɪn /
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noun
Also dropper-in. Informal. a person who or thing that pays an unexpected or uninvited visit: a feeder for squirrels, raccoons, and other drop-ins.
Informal. a social gathering at which the guests are not expected to stay long: Be sure to stop by our house for a glass of eggnog at our Christmas drop-in.
adjective
provided for short-term patronage: a drop-in shelter for people who are moving through homelessness.
requiring only insertion to be ready for use: a drop-in battery pack.
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Origin of drop-in

First recorded in 1810–20; noun and adjective use of verb phrase drop in
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British Dictionary definitions for drop-in

drop in

verb (intr, adverb)
surfing to intrude on a wave that another surfer is already riding
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