Some are converting to disability, while others are dropping out of the labor market altogether.
He is the drone official, the bland-faced human-resources manager tasked with dropping the axe.
The wringing of his hands, the dropping of his ice cream into his lap.
But behind the scenes, dropping the provision appeared to be a direct result of Wall Street lobbying.
He also assured reporters that he has no intention of dropping out of the gubernatorial race.
Suddenly she ran over to one of the cots and dropping there burst into tears.
It was set a-going, not by wheels and weights like other clocks, but by the dropping of water.
I had forgotten for an instant,' said she, dropping her head upon her breast.
dropping the weapon from his hand it still dangled by the loop.
On she came, leaping and dropping broadside among the combers.
Old English dropa "a drop of liquid," from Proto-Germanic *drupon (cf. Old Saxon dropo, Old Norse dropi, Dutch drop, Old High German tropfo, German Tropfen (n.)), from PIE *dhreu-.
Meaning "an act of dropping" is from 1630s; of immaterial things (prices, temperatures, etc.) from mid-19c. Meaning "lozenge, hard candy" is 1723. Meaning "secret place where things can be left illicitly and picked up later" is from 1931.
Drop in the bucket (late 14c.) is from Isa. ix:15 [KJV]. At the drop of a hat "suddenly" is from 1854; drop-in "casual visit" is 1819; drop-kick is 1857. To get the drop on someone originally was Old West gunslinger slang (1869).
Old English dropian "to fall in drops" (see drop (n.)). Meaning "to fall vertically" is late 14c. Transitive sense "allow to fall" is mid-14c. Related: Dropped; dropping. Exclamation drop dead is from 1934; as an adjective meaning "stunning, excellent" it is first recorded 1970.
The smallest quantity of liquid heavy enough to fall in a spherical mass.
A volume of liquid equal to 1/76 of a teaspoon and regarded as a unit of dosage for medication.
A small globular piece of candy, usually readily dissolved in the mouth.