drop by


Definition of drop by

intransitive verb

: to pay a brief casual visit

transitive verb

: to visit casually or unexpectedly drop by a friend's house

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Examples of drop by in a Sentence

I'll either drop by on the way there or on the way back.

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Stella Tennant, who dropped by for a cocktail, was clearly spellbound by their handiwork. Vogue, "Stella Tennant and Delfina Delettrez Celebrate Dover Street Market’s Collaboration With the Diamond Foundry," 5 Mar. 2019 Citgo’s offshore inventories in Aruba have dropped by more than 2 million barrels as well, as the refiner has turned to those stores for additional supply, Mr. de la Ossa said. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Venezuelan Oil Supplies Hit Five-Year High as Buyers Become Elusive," 21 Feb. 2019 Mari Tere Rojas visited the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections office on Friday to see if anyone would drop by. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "No challengers, so these two Miami School Board members are automatically re-elected," 22 June 2018 The number of caravan migrants encamped at Tijuana’s main shelter has dropped by more than half, according to local government officials and social workers. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Another Caravan Crosses Mexican-Guatemalan Border," 18 Jan. 2019 The cancer death rate in the US has dropped by 27 percent since 1991 First, the good news for the United States. Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.," 8 Jan. 2019 But by 2016, the cost had dropped by about a third, to less than $2,500 per kilowatt. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Solar Is Conquering the Grid," 10 Aug. 2018 Incidents of preventable aircraft damage are down 25 percent from 2015, and employee injuries have dropped by 13 percent, according to United. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "From birthday wishes for passengers to tracking baggage handler injuries, airlines tap big data to try to improve operations," 12 July 2018 The number of Britons taking apprenticeships has dropped by 28% in the year since a complex new levy on businesses was introduced. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of drop by

circa 1905, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of drop by was circa 1905

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