drop off v.1
1. to die.
|Maid of Bath in Works (1799) II 208: A few feeble fellows that dropt off with the leaves in October.|
|Modern Chivalry (1937) Pt II Vol. I Bk II 442: There are chimney sweepers, who think they will all go to pot, when they drop off.|
|Carlisle Jrnl 2 Nov. 4/2: If the old woman should drop off, I should not be very much surprised to see these two farms thrown into one.|
|New Sprees of London 21: This crib is kept by a notorious face maker, named Bob Dorkings, the only surviving branch of a family that have all dropped off suddenly, at hot roll time.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor II 468/2: All my friends is dropping off. I’m fifty-five, and they was men when I was a boy.|
|Sporting Times 15 Mar. 1/5: My physician says I am liable to drop off at any moment with heart disease. He gives me only a couple of months to live.|
|not send copy Cantos to Hardy. He may drop off at any moment.letter 26 Dec. in Paige (1971) 192: On further considerations, better|
|Doctor Serocold (1936) 149: You must be pretty busy to-day, with your partner dropping off suddenly like that.|
|AS XI:3 199: Dropped off.‘American Euphemisms for Dying’ in|
2. to retire.
|Ticket-of-Leave Man 20: He dropped off a month ago and was on the pension list ever since.|
3. to kill.
|Scarface Ch. iii: Spingola had been about the first of the city’s gang leaders to enforce his power with a gun and his being dropped off so suddenly was most disconcerting to the other leaders.|
SE in slang uses
(W.I.) to lose one’s sex appeal.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 17: Drop-off-a-style to lose one’s sexiness, figure, etc.|
|Era 20 Dec. 5/4: It’s five weeks [...] since auld biddy Hoolijan tuck herself off the hooks .|
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|AS XI:3 199: Dropped off the hooks.‘American Euphemisms for Dying’ in|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 166: I’ve got to drop off the shopping [...] and I have to pass her old man’s study on the way to the jacks.|