drop back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theydrop back
he/she/itdrops back
present participledropping back
past tensedropped back
past participledropped back
  1. 1
    same as drop
    drop back to:

    Economic growth will drop back to 3% this year.

  2. 2

    drop back


    drop behind

    to move into a lower position in a race or competition

    He dropped back and finished in sixth place.

    1. a.
      to move more slowly than other people so that you are behind them

      Alex dropped back to let me pass.

See also main entry: drop