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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Max Holloway may or may not have been name-dropped by Drake on his latest album, but for Holloway, Scorpion appearances are basically window dressing. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of Max Holloway, Whose Top-Secret Recovery Shakes Keep Him in Fighting Shape," 5 July 2018 Much of the savings occurs at the county level, where elections are run, but Marks said the Department of State’s budget for printing paper forms has dropped by tens of thousands of dollars. Jonathan Lai, Philly.com, "Online voter registration in Pa., three years in: More than 1 in 5 voters register online," 12 July 2018 The analysis of years of city police data shows that after the riots, the number of incidents police reported themselves – as opposed to those called in by citizens – dropped by nearly half. USA TODAY, "The gloves came off when FBI agent Strzok visited Capitol Hill," 12 July 2018 The government has noted that enrollment already has dropped by more than 38,700 students since just last May and that nearly half of the schools are using only 60 percent of their capacity. CBS News, ""Justice was served": Judge halts school closures in Puerto Rico," 12 June 2018 That hampers their ability to compete in an environment where prices in some markets have dropped by as much as 25 percent, Mr. Flickinger said. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Grocery Wars Turn Small Chains Into Battlefield Casualties," 26 Mar. 2018 Traditional media companies’ profits are expected to drop by 41% over the next seven years, according to Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger, due to cord-cutting and advertising declines. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Deal or No Deal: The Shadow Over Sun Valley," 13 July 2018 The water table in Punjab, a state that soaks up an inordinate share of price-support subsidies, has been dropping by about a metre a year. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 The village cafe is decorated with images of the Eiffel Tower and is preparing croissants for the game, plus a Russian menu for any French guests who might happen to drop by. Washington Post, "Paris, Russia, to turn French for World Cup semifinals," 10 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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