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drop-off

[drop-awf, -of] /ˈdrɒpˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
a vertical or very steep descent:
The trail has a drop-off of several hundred feet.
2.
a decline; decrease:
Sales have shown a considerable drop-off this year.
3.
a place where a person or thing can be left, received, accommodated, etc.:
a new drop-off for outpatients.
adjective
4.
applied when a rented vehicle is left elsewhere than at the point of hire:
to pay a drop-off charge.
Origin of drop-off
1955-1960
1955-60; noun, adj. use of verb phrase drop off
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  • A fine, large fire was started on the ledge of rock that extended out from the "Shelter" to a drop-off of some twenty feet.

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