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drop on the floor

drop on the floor in Technology


To react to an error condition by silently discarding messages or other valuable data. "The gateway ran out of memory, so it just started dropping packets on the floor." Also frequently used of faulty mail and netnews relay sites that lose messages. See also black hole, bit bucket.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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