drop by

dropped by; dropping by; drops 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.
Recent Examples on the Web While several shoppers came in to browse the albums available to purchase, many other visitors dropped by to talk with Camilletti about music, local restaurant recommendations and life in general. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Val’s Halla Records in Oak Park to close after 47 years: ‘Those memories aren’t going anywhere’," 4 Nov. 2019 Minnesota’s hype man, err…head coach, P.J. Fleck wanted College GameDay to drop by Minneapolis next weekend. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten power rankings: Ohio State still rules; does Michigan football go up this week?," 4 Nov. 2019 That includes $300 million in income from its joint venture in China, which dropped by $200 million. Washington Post, "GM 3Q profit falls 7% as auto workers strike cuts production," 29 Oct. 2019 Earlier this month, the Jonas Brothers’ biggest fans got the shock of a lifetime when Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas dropped by their sing-along session and photo moment with DeGeneres. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "What Is Your Favorite Celebrity Surprise on 'Ellen' in 2019? Vote!," 29 Oct. 2019 According to numbers Business Insider obtained from the analytics company Jumpshot, Fuller House viewership dropped by 52% from season one to season 2 in the first month of release. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure Teases That the 'Fuller House' Cast May Be Back After Season 5," 24 Oct. 2019 That includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses, which dropped by 6.2% compared with the 2017 numbers. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Nearly 1 million arrests have been made of children younger than 15 in the past 5 years, FBI statistics show," 1 Oct. 2019 The song’s lone contemporary flare comes courtesy of J. Cole, who drops by for a typically fiery feature. Marc Snetiker, EW.com, "EW's Friday Five: Celine Dion's imperfections, the return of Mandy Moore, and more songs of the week," 21 Sep. 2019 Timber companies have also traditionally used a practice called aerial spraying, in which chemicals are dropped by helicopter to kill any vegetation other than trees used for lumber. CBS News, "Who should be in charge of America's ancient forests: industry or environmentalists?," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of drop by

circa 1905, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of drop by was circa 1905

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