To drop astern

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To drop astern to fall or be left behind.
    • To drop astern (Naut) to go astern of another vessel; to be left behind; to slacken the speed of a vessel so as to fall behind and to let another pass a head.
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Usage

In literature:

The Olympic began to draw ahead later or the Hawke drop astern, the captain did not know which.
"Sinking of the Titanic" by Various
Still we increased our lead, and when the boat had dropped astern several miles we hove to and waited.
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
A boat was dropped astern to pick us up, and, as we hauled the man in, two large sharks came up close alongside.
"Ned Myers" by James Fenimore Cooper
As soon as everything required was passed into the boat, she was dropped astern, nearly to the whole length of the studding-sail halyards.
"Miles Wallingford" by James Fenimore Cooper
Bligh was compelled to follow, and she was then dropped astern.
"The Naval Pioneers of Australia and Walter Jeffery" by Louis Becke
Soon huge Chimaera, left with none to steer, Drops off astern, and labours in the rear.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Gary directed Ralph to drop both boats astern and fasten one behind the other.
"Ralph Granger's Fortunes" by William Perry Brown
Finding, however, that we were going astern I ordered the anchor to be dropped, and sent the hands to furl sails.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
Bruton said she had only just dropped astern, so begged leave to go and tow her up.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
The rest of the party followed; and to save time the boat was dropped astern.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
One of the gunboats had dropped astern, but the other two kept close to her.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
To our great satisfaction we saw her sheer off and drop astern.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
I saw quite enough, and not wishing to frighten her, I dropped astern.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Then one beast was seen to drop astern.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Several of the ship's crew, who refused to join, also went into the boat, which was then cast loose, and dropped rapidly astern.
"Lost in the Forest" by R.M. Ballantyne
Harry again dropped the launch astern, in obedience to the orders he had received.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
Perhaps it would be impossible to drop astern as imperceptibly as he would have liked.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
Hugh was so delighted with the bravery of the Hollanders that he begged Captain Langton to drop astern into the fight.
"Antony Waymouth" by W.H.G. Kingston
We had merely dropped Mille astern of us, when Hayston changed his mind about going to Arurai, and bore away to Pleasant Island.
"A Modern Buccaneer" by Rolf Boldrewood
Marston signed to the steersman, the sails filled, and the canoe dropped astern.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

Low down upon the sandy coast
The lights begin to burn;
And now, uplifted high in air,
They kindle with a fiercer glare,
And now drop far astern.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - III." by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow