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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DROP

And oh, sir,” added Stephen, “may we crave a drop of water for our dog?

We have not had a drop of rain since the light shower on the 4th August.

I will drop you a slight hint, which you had better bear in mind.

Mrs M. is a humbug—not a drop of information can I get for love or money.

There was no trace of the body in the waters, no drop of blood on the rocks.

Not only do we drop the subject there, but we resent it if everyone else does not drop the subject there.

When he've got a drop in his nob, it's always for singin' he is—an' that's the worst of him.

"No one has ever come back," we say, "to tell us what his experience has been," and we drop the subject there.

Mallyan's Spout is the most imposing, having a drop of about 76 feet.

Take my rede, sir, and let it drop, for you have come very well out from it.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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