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drop out

Definition of drop out in English:

1Cease to participate in a race or competition.
Example sentences
  • He was so upset that he hatched a devious scheme to get the first five qualifiers to drop out of the race.
  • ‘When you've been winning it really hurts to drop out of one competition, but there's other things for us to concentrate on,’ he said.
  • She thought about dropping out of the heptathlon with two events remaining because of a foot injury.
2Abandon a course of study: she had dropped out of college
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  • By this time of course, I had dropped out of high school.
  • She dropped out of the course because she could not afford to pay the £16,000 annual fees.
  • I decided I was learning more about the design of the future in my day job so I dropped out of the course after a year.
3Reject conventional society to pursue an alternative lifestyle: a child of the sixties who had temporarily dropped out
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  • This is one of the book's best sections because of its quiet reflections on the possibility of actually dropping out of society and embracing a new way of living.
  • Apparently it's quite the thing to drop out of society for months and take to the rivers and byways.
  • Some however for whatever reason just decide to drop out of society and choose to live on the streets.
4 Rugby Restart play with a drop kick.
Example sentences
  • Having withstood early pressure and a strong downfield wind, Newbridge used the ball well early on but two basic drop out re-start errors saw them fall behind.
  • It was, however, Keighley who finished the game on top, forcing play to the try line with a long drop out from the restart.
  • RI took the lead with a Mathew Yates penalty and when Tim Nash scored an opportunist try straight from a drop out RI looked good for their 10-0 advantage.
4.1Score a drop goal.
Example sentences
  • A quick 22 drop out was followed by a quick tap penalty.
  • Stephan Minogue's attempted penalty from halfway narrowly missed and was touched down for a 22 drop out.
  • Armoy retained possession from the 22 drop out and their out-half spotted a gap in the Newry back line.
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