drop back
intransitive verb Date: 1927 1. retreat 2. to move straight back from the line of scrimmage <
the quarterback drops back to pass
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  • 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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • 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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

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

  • drop back — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms drop back : present tense I/you/we/they drop back he/she/it drops back present participle dropping back past tense dropped back past participle dropped back 1) same as drop I, 3), c) drop back to: Economic… …   English dictionary

  • drop back — verb 1. take position in the rear, as in a military formation or in the line of scrimmage in football (Freq. 1) The defender dropped back behind his teammate • Hypernyms: ↑move • Verb Frames: Somebody s 2. to lag or linger behind …   Useful english dictionary

  • drop back — UK US drop back Phrasal Verb with drop({{}}/drɒp/ verb ( pp ) ► [I] to return to a lower level, value, price, etc.: »Unless something totally unexpected happens and oil drops back below $50 a barrel, fares will continue to rise. drop back to sth… …   Financial and business terms

  • drop back — 1. verb Of a quarterback or other player in the backfield, to take a number of steps back from the line of scrimmage immediately after the snap or hike of the ball, to avoid defenders. The Tiger quarterback is dropping back to pass. 2. noun …   Wiktionary

  • drop back — move or step backwards, retreat During the hike his foot began to get sore so he decided to drop back and rest for awhile …   Idioms and examples

  • 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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