[ drop-lahyn ]
/ ˈdrɒpˌlaɪn /

noun Journalism.

a headline or bank consisting of a top line set flush with the left margin, with each succeeding line indented on the left, and the final line flush with the right margin.

Origin of dropline

First recorded in 1880–85; drop + line1
Also called stagger head, staggered head, stephead, stepped line.
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