drop by

verb
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 Alrosa’s sales in the year to July were a third lower than in the same period in 2018; its share price has dropped by a quarter this year. The Economist, "Alrosa is betting on natural diamonds," 12 Sep. 2019 Revenue from Chinese agricultural exports has dropped by more than half since 2017, from $19.5 billion to $9.2 billion in 2018, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political Cartoons: Trump’s trade war hurts California farmers," 6 Sep. 2019 The biggest chunk of the act’s budget, nutrition services, dropped by 8% over the past 18 years when adjusted for inflation, an AARP report found in February. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Starving seniors: America is failing to feed its aging citizens, which is costly to them and to everyone else," 5 Sep. 2019 Since 2010, energy consumption in American homes has dropped by 6 percent, according to Lucas Davis, an energy economist at the Haas School of Business, which is part of the University of California, Berkeley. John Schwartz, New York Times, "White House to Relax Energy Efficiency Rules for Light Bulbs," 4 Sep. 2019 But since November 2015, the value of his British pension has dropped by more than 500 euros ($556) a month. Los Angeles Times, "As Britain staggers toward Brexit, the pound’s wild ride creates winners and losers," 29 Aug. 2019 The biggest chunk of the act’s budget, nutrition services, dropped by 8% over the past 18 years when adjusted for inflation, an AARP report found in February. Laura Ungar & Trudy Lieberman / Kaiser Health News, Time, "Why America Is Failing To Feed Its Aging," 28 Aug. 2019 The dry season is lengthening and rainfall has dropped by a quarter in some regions. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "How Amazon forest loss may affect water—and climate—far away," 27 Aug. 2019 After an intense anti-logging campaign, that number dropped by about 75 percent. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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