Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Collocations With The Word Drop

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with the word 'drop' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.


A drop-in (something)

Something described as being 'a drop-in' does not require a prearranged date or time. It is often used in relation to a place that people can go to for help or advice.

Examples

  • I will be visiting a drop-in clinic, so there's no fixed time. I just need to turn up, fill in a form, then wait to be seen.
  • At the end of my street is a drop-in centre for the homeless that's open 24 hours a day.
  • Person A: "Has this person booked to see me?" Person B: "No. It's a drop-in appointment.


Drop (somebody) from (something)

If you 'drop' somebody from something, you release or exclude them from it.  

Examples

  • Andy was dropped as manager of the project team. The responsibility was proving too much for him.
  • The reason I'm dropping you from the team is that your performances have not been up to standard recently.
  • Please don't drop me from the advertising campaign. This could be my big break!


Drop charges

If you 'drop charges', you withdraw a claim of wrongdoing or crime against somebody.

Examples

  • I decided to drop charges against Carol after she agreed to pay for the damages she caused.
  • The police dropped all charges against the suspect after a witness came forward and cleared his name.


Drop dead

To 'drop dead' means to die suddenly or unexpectedly. It is informal, and can also be used as an expression of annoyance or dislike towards somebody.

Examples

  • Gary was out jogging this morning when he suddenly dropped dead of a heart attack.
  • I need to stop smoking and drinking or I'm going to end up dropping dead!
  • Oh, drop dead! I'm sick of you always picking on me!


Drop-dead gorgeous

A person described as being 'drop-dead gorgeous' is highly visually attractive or beautiful. It is typically used in relation to a woman.

Examples

  • No wonder that model is so popular. She's drop-dead gorgeous!
  • David isn't that handsome, but his wife is drop-dead gorgeous.


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