Definition of Drop-off

1. Noun. A noticeable deterioration in performance or quality. "A falloff in quality"

2. Noun. A steep high face of rock. "A steep drop"
Exact synonyms: Cliff, Drop
Specialized synonyms: Crag, Precipice
Generic synonyms: Formation, Geological Formation

3. Noun. A change downward. "There was a sharp drop-off in sales"
Exact synonyms: Decrease, Lessening
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Shrinkage, Shrinking, Casualty, Sinking, Attrition, Dwindling, Dwindling Away, Waning
Derivative terms: Decrease, Decrease, Drop Off
Antonyms: Increase

Definition of Drop-off

1. Noun. A sudden downward slope ¹

2. Noun. A sudden decrease (such as in the level of sales) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Drop-off

drop-down list
drop-down menu
drop-leaf table
drop-off (current term)
drop-off charge
drop a bollock
drop a bombshell
drop a brick
drop a dime
drop a hint
drop a line
drop acid
drop anchor
drop arch

Literary usage of Drop-off

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1. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1876)
"... leaving the ends of them on the tree, which strengthen it much ; and when after many years they drop off, the tree is weakened by it, and very often is ..."

2. The New English by Thomas Laurence Kington-Oliphant (1886)
"Among the Verbs are wheel (in a chair), cut a dash, go further and fare worse, to hurry- scurry, drop off (mori), gone to the dogs. ..."

3. Intimate China: The Chinese as I Have Seen Them by Archibald Little (1899)
"Feet drop off.— Pain till Death.—Typical Cases.—Eczema, Ulcera- tion, Mortification.—General Health affected. IT is a popular error in England to suppose ..."

4. The English Flower Garden and Home Grounds: Design and Arrangement Shown by by William Robinson (1901)
"... they cannot have too much water ; after that they want much less, or the leaves turn yellow and drop off. Some years I grow Solanum jasminoides over ..."

5. The U. S. Coal Industry, 1970-1990: Two Decades of Change (1992)
"In areas where entanglement is not a problem, divers may wish occasionally to drop off the towline during traverses to investigate objects of interest. ..."

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