Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

drop back

verb

Definition of drop back

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  retreat

  3. 2 :  to move straight back from the line of scrimmage <the quarterback drops back to pass>



Examples of drop back

  1. <a change in the wind direction forced the firefighters to drop back>



1927

First Known Use of drop back

1927



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up drop back? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez kittly-benders spindrift duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ