- take someone or something to a given place using a vehicle and leave them there.
- fall asleep.
- grow smaller; decline.
- a steep descent.
- Once we were done with the concert, he offered to drop me off at home.
- The school bus will drop off the kids at around 3 PM.
- I dropped off my resume at their office today.
- The baby has not taken a nap today; he is likely to drop off any minute from now.
- Since the accident, there’s been a drop-off in her performance.
- There has been a drop-off in their share prices following the scandal.
- On the other side of the cliff is a 100-meter drop-off into the ocean.
- The hospital has designed a new drop-off point for emergency victims.
The first use of “drop off” can be traced back to 1812. It was used to imply falling asleep, especially after a tedious day out in the fields. Most workers would be too exhausted after actively working out in the sun, so when they got a moment to rest, they would drop off.
In 1923, other meanings for the phrase came up. It was also used to describe making a delivery, a perpendicular descent, and a decline in something.