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dropping

noun

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1 droppings plural solid matter discharged from an animal's alimentary canal
  • the only bad part about owning a rabbit was cleaning the droppings out of the litter box every night

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2 the act of putting an end to something planned or previously agreed to
  • the dropping of an act from the talent show should bring it in on time

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dropping

verb
present participle of drop

Synonyms & Antonyms of dropping (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cause to fall intentionally or unintentionally
  • I dropped the fly ball
  • drop the anchor

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2 to go to a lower level especially abruptly
  • although they start out high, prices for home electronics eventually drop

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5 to lead or extend downward
  • the cable car tracks can drop suddenly, so be sure to hang onto something

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7 to bring forth from the womb
  • the cow dropped her calf early this morning

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8 to strike (someone) so forcefully as to cause a fall
  • dropped the would-be mugger in his tracks with a single well-aimed blow

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9 to fail to win, gain, or obtain
  • the local hockey team has dropped two out of the last three contests

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10 to fall or let fall in or as if in drops
  • the cold glass dropped condensation

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11 to hand over or use up in payment
  • I dropped $50 on these shoes

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14 to stop living
  • during the Black Death people all over Asia and Europe were dropping like flies

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The first known use of dropping was in the 14th century

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“Dropping.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/dropping. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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