drop-off

[ drop-awf, -of ]
/ ˈdrɒpˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

a vertical or very steep descent: The trail has a drop-off of several hundred feet.
a decline; decrease: Sales have shown a considerable drop-off this year.
a place where a person or thing can be left, received, accommodated, etc.: a new drop-off for outpatients.

adjective

applied when a rented vehicle is left elsewhere than at the point of hire: to pay a drop-off charge.

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Origin of drop-off

First recorded in 1955–60; noun, adj. use of verb phrase drop off

Definition for drop off (2 of 2)

Origin of drop

before 1000; (noun) Middle English drop(e) drop of liquid, Old English dropa; (v.) Middle English droppen, Old English droppian; akin to drip, droop

OTHER WORDS FROM drop

drop·like, adjectiveun·dropped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drop off (1 of 2)

drop off

verb (adverb)

(intr) to grow smaller or less; decline
(tr) to allow to alight; set down
(intr) informal to fall asleep

noun drop-off

a steep or vertical descent
a sharp decrease

British Dictionary definitions for drop off (2 of 2)

drop
/ (drɒp) /

noun

verb drops, dropping or dropped

noun, verb

rugby short for drop kick or drop-kick

Word Origin for drop

Old English dropian; related to Old High German triofan to drip
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Medical definitions for drop off

drop
[ drŏp ]

n.

The smallest quantity of liquid heavy enough to fall in a spherical mass.
A volume of liquid equal to 176 of a teaspoon and regarded as a unit of dosage for medication.
A small globular piece of candy, usually readily dissolved in the mouth.

v.

To fall, be dispensed, or poured in drops.
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Idioms and Phrases with drop off (1 of 2)

drop off

1

Fall asleep, as in When I looked at Grandma, she had dropped off. [Early 1800s]

2

Decrease; also, become less frequent. For example, Sales have dropped off markedly, or Over the year her visits dropped off. [Early 1800s]

3

Deliver, unload, as in Bill dropped off the package at the office.

4

Die, as in He is so ill he could drop off any time. [Early 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with drop off (2 of 2)

drop

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