- v. American football Of a quarterback or other player in the backfield, to take a number of steps back from the line of scrimmage immediately after the snap or hike of the ball, to avoid defenders.
- n. American football The act by a player in the backfield of dropping back from the line of scrimmage after the hike of the ball.
- v. take position in the rear, as in a military formation or in the line of scrimmage in football
- v. to lag or linger behind
“Ruy Garcia was made to see that so long as the girl wandered abroad in boy's guise he must drop back into the silent, the unrewarded guardian of the trail; and adoring her as being no lower than the saints save perhaps in the matter of being kissable, content to have it so.”
“His face assumed a theatrical expression of horror as he lifted Lord Arden's limp wrist then let it drop back onto the table.”
“I let her head drop back upon the table, and she lay there sobbing unrestrainedly.”
“They were reverting to the old piscatorial stage, feeling again the old thrill of a nibble on the hook, and went home refreshed, even if they had not had a bite, because they had been able to drop back into an ancient stratum of the soul which was sound, so that they came back to the hard reality of the next day refreshed.”
“Only the marijuana came up, and soon each hopeful band decided to drop back in; Guffey would watch their buses jounce away over the ridge.”
“She yawned and stretched in her bed, letting her arms drop back as she stared at the ceiling, the clean, whitewashed ceiling.”
“Then you may choose to execute what is called a “drop set” or “extended set,” where you perform the first four, six, or eight reps with the twelve-pound dumbbells, then drop back to the tens to finish the last reps.”
“He lifted the gleaming, silver-wound hilt of his sword, showing them the word TRUTH in gold, and then let it drop back into its scabbard.”
“She patted it probingly, lifted her hand away and let it drop back — pulled by gravity which also seemed set at right angles to the pull of gravity on this side of the portal.”
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