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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DROP OUT

I said it was fine to drop out of the world; but why have you cut off your old friends from you?

Then she broke down and had to drop out, and now that she's strong again she's changed.

What I want to know is, did it drop out when I took off my coat here in the shop?

She seemed to like him, and in common decency he had to drop out of the running.

The moment I quit my post I drop out and he takes up the reins.

If you don't want to go on with it you can drop out, Mr. Sedgwick.

It was easy enough to drop out of her old round of festivities.

Changing the subject, I asked, "but what about the others who just drop out of sight?"

Men do not lose their self-respect, they win it; they do not drop out, they work in.

We all have to do that, you know—or drop out to make way for others.

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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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.