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drop off (3)

Meaning: to become fewer in number or less in amount or intensity

Synonym: decline, decrease, fall off

For example:

  • drop off Elephant populations have dropped off rapidly because more poachers are killing them for their tusks.

  • drop off Investment in the housing market has dropped off quite a bit recently.

Quick Quiz:

Sales in department stores usually drop off whenever the economy
  1. is weak
  2. is strong
  3. gets better

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