drop back


drop back
verb
1. take position in the rear, as in a military formation or in the line of scrimmage in football (Freq. 1)
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The defender dropped back behind his teammate

Hypernyms: ↑move
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

2. to lag or linger behind
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But in so many other areas we still are dragging

Syn: ↑drag, ↑trail, ↑get behind, ↑hang back, ↑drop behind
Derivationally related forms: ↑trailer (for: ↑trail)
Hypernyms: ↑lag, ↑dawdle, ↑fall back, ↑fall behind
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

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drop back [phrasal verb]
American football : to move straight back from the line of scrimmage

The quarterback dropped back and threw a long pass down the field.

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Main Entry:drop

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ˌdrop ˈback/beˈhind | ˌdrop beˈhind sb derived
to move or fall into position behind sb else

We cannot afford to drop behind our competitors.

Main entry:dropderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • drop back — ► drop back/behind fall back or get left behind. Main Entry: ↑drop …   English terms dictionary

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  • ˌdrop ˈback — phrasal verb 1) to fall to a lower amount or rate Economic growth will drop back to 3% this year.[/ex] 2) to start walking, running, driving etc behind other people in a group or race …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • drop back — drop behind he dropped back and was soon lost in the crowd Syn: fall back/behind, get left behind, lag behind; straggle, linger, dawdle, dally, hang back, loiter, bring/take up the rear, dilly dally …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • drop\ back — v To move or step backwards; retreat. The soldiers dropped back before the enemy s attack. The quarterback dropped back to pass the football. Compare: draw back, fade back, fall back …   Словарь американских идиом


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