drop back

Definitions

• STILL DROPPING IN OCCASIONALLY FROM THE BACK DISTRICTS
• WordNet 3.6
• v drop back take position in the rear, as in a military formation or in the line of scrimmage in football "The defender dropped back behind his teammate"
• v drop back to lag or linger behind "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"
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Usage

In literature:

Clavering still held in front of him, but the Sheriff was dropping back a little, and the lad did not know whether any of the rest were following.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Something white had seemed to splash up against the window and drop back again.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
At that moment one of three men riding ahead detached himself from the others and dropped back to the wagon, to speak to the woman and child.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
A groan escaped the girl's lips as she dropped back among the cushions of her tinsel throne.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
Her face hidden in her hands, she dropped back into the seat.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
Drop in at the apartments when you get back.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Before the close they had dropped back with a gain of only half a point over the opening.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
She went back to the table and picked up the other letters she had dropped in her excitement.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
The beast snarled and dropped, the others that were close pulled back and howled in sympathy.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Then he dropped back upon the bed and didn't care whether he lived or not.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Celino dropped back now, and Daoud, glancing over his shoulder a little later, saw the boy and Celino in conversation as they rode side by side.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
When the last drop had been consumed, Cap'n Mike pushed back his chair.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
The men backed away, the farmer let the shotgun drop to the ground.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Gradually, as he descended the trail, this range dropped back out of his sight.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
On the upper turn Fireball and Harry Root found the pace too warm for them and dropped back.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
The priest dropped back like a stunned rat.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
As he dropped into the trench a comrade next to him was struck in the back of the head and dropped forward on his shoulder.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
He did not get all the way out of the water, but when he dropped back he made the water roar.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Then it was his turn to step back, his arms dropping to his sides, his brain reeling from the shock as it apprehended the truth.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
I'll drop back here in a week.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

They fall back, and like a dripping of quicksilver taking the
downward track.
Break into drops, burn into drops of blood, and dropping,
dropping take wing
Membraned, blood-veined wings.
"St. Matthew" by D H Lawrence
And, falling on my weary brain,
Like a fast-falling shower,
The dreams of youth came back again,
Low lispings of the summer rain,
Dropping on the ripened grain,
As once upon the flower.
"Voices Of The Night : Prelude" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I say good-by because I know they tap your wrists,
In the dark, in the silence, day by day,
And all the blood of you drop by drop,
And you are old before you are young.
You never come back.
"Mill-Doors" by Carl Sandburg
Oh blessed water! To my parched tongue
More precious than were each bright drop a gem
From far Golconda's mine; how at thy touch
The parting life comes back, and hope returns
To cheer my drooping heart!
"Laura Secord: The Heroine of The War Of 1812 - Act II" by Sarah Anne Curzon
They fought a weary time that day,
And seas of purple blood were shed,
Till by Winfreda's cunning lay
That awful wolf all limp and dead;
Winfreda saw him reel and drop—
Then back she went to brewing sop.
"Winfreda" by Eugene Field
Can only drop the gifts which thou hast given
Back in thy lavish hand. O wealth
Of fulness! that for life, for love, for Heaven,
For thyself, thou shouldst thank thyself
In me; and leave me mute and motionless,—at rest.
"Giving Of Thanks" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

UVA junior quarterback Michael Rocco drops back to pass against Maryland.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo drops back to pass as running back DeMarco Murray prepares… (AL BELLO / GETTY IMAGES ).
Redskins QB Beck drops back to waiting for an opportunity.
Trailing 7-0 and with the ball at the New England 15, Brady dropped back to pass midway through the first quarter.
In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for Oct 29, a prescription drug drop-off is available at the Police Department, 300 Gary Wade Blvd in the lobby.
Reese Dismukes committed to Auburn last week, but recruiting coordinator, running backs coach -- and, this day -- tour guide Curtis Luper couldn't pass up a chance to drop by to be seen.
Spitzer, who helped push the American Psychiatric Association to drop homosexuality from their list of mental disorders in 1973, shocked many when he appeared to back the veracity of some "ex-gay" programs in 2001.
Callaghan caught him a good punch and dropped Hemingway on his back.
WOMEN'S NEWS North Carolina dropped back-to-back games for only the sixth time in its history when the No.
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Back on May 21, they lost a game to the Royals that dropped them into a tie for last place in the AL East.
The King Of The South is back and he is getting a little help from one of the hottest artist from Louisiana Lil Wayne TI is getting prepared to drop his latest release Trouble Man and releases his newest single Ball.
Augusta Riverhawks Throw'em Back Thursdays James Brown Arena Augusta, GA 11/29 Puck drops at 7:30.
Cons Back cover came loose when phone was dropped in our tests.
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In science:

Because of this, “n-on-n” detectors are produced with a double-sided technology: implants in the back side include complex guard ring structures that have the goal of providing a controlled drop of the voltage from the biasing implant to the edge of the device.
Silicon Sensors implemented on p-type substrates for high radiation resistance applications
That means that this Wilson loop is deﬁned at the UV boundary of the space, but now matter how small L is, the string drops all the way to the horizon and then comes back to the boundary.
Gluon scattering in ${\cal N}=4$ Super Yang-Mills at finite temperature
The string worldsheet ends on the Wilson loop contour in the UV, at r = ∞, and it drops down to r = r2 > r0 , after which it goes back to inﬁnity.
Gluon scattering in ${\cal N}=4$ Super Yang-Mills at finite temperature
That means that now we have a single possible string worldsheet, one that ends on the Wilson loop contour at r0 ≤ r ≤ r1 , and ”drops” to r = r1(α), where is turns back.
Gluon scattering in ${\cal N}=4$ Super Yang-Mills at finite temperature
We do this with the understanding that disqualiﬁed elements are dropped when converting back to the state vector.
Linearly Bounded Liars, Adaptive Covering Codes, and Deterministic Random Walks
Field and Hanka (2001) ﬁnd that venture capital backed ﬁrms experience the largest price drop at the end of the lock-up period.
When games meet reality: is Zynga overvalued?
Nazarov and Stoof (1996; see also Stoof and Nazarov, 1996a; Golubov, Wilhelm, and Zaikin, 1996) have calculated that hGNS i increases by 10 % as kBT is raised to Ec , and then drops back to hGN i at higher temperatures.
Random-Matrix Theory of Quantum Transport
Indeed, when J/Γ increases, η drops to zero and then starts to grow again back to one when the spin glass term in (1) dominates.
Integrability and Quantum Chaos in Spin Glass Shards
Following phase iv, most sources drop in intensity in the canonical HS until a (horizontal) transition back, via the VHS/IS, to the LS.
Accretion modes and jet production in black hole X-ray binaries
This kink in the expansion curve can be explained by a combination of the partial lifting of the absorption of the emission from the back side of the shell behind the ionized ejecta and a pronounced radial drop of the magnetic ﬁeld biasing the measurement of the ring size.