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drop

  

      n  
1    a small quantity of liquid that forms or falls in a spherical or pear-shaped mass; globule  
2    a very small quantity of liquid  
3    a very small quantity of anything  
4    something resembling a drop in shape or size, such as a decorative pendant or small sweet  
5    the act or an instance of falling; descent  
6    a decrease in amount or value; slump  
a drop in prices     
7    the vertical distance that anything may fall  
8    a steep or sheer incline or slope  
9       short for       fruit drop  
10    the act of unloading troops, equipment, or supplies by parachute  
11    (in cable television) a short spur from a trunk cable that feeds signals to an individual house  
12      (Theatre)      See       drop curtain  
13       another word for       trap door       gallows  
14      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a slot or aperture through which an object can be dropped to fall into a receptacle  
15      (Nautical)   the midships height of a sail bent to a fixed yard  
   Compare       hoist       6a  
16      (Austral, cricket)  
slang   a fall of the wicket  
he came in at first drop     
17       See       drop shot  
18    a drop in the bucket (or in the ocean)   an amount very small in relation to what is needed or desired  
19    at the drop of a hat   without hesitation or delay  
20    have had a drop too much   to be drunk  
21    have the drop on (someone)     (U.S. and N.Z.)   to have the advantage over (someone)  
      vb   , drops, dropping, dropped  
22    (of liquids) to fall or allow to fall in globules  
23    to fall or allow to fall vertically  
24    tr   to allow to fall by letting go of  
25    to sink or fall or cause to sink or fall to the ground, as from a blow, wound, shot, weariness, etc.  
26    intr; foll by: back, behind, etc.   to fall, move, or go in a specified manner, direction, etc.  
27    intr; foll by: in, by, etc.  
Informal   to pay a casual visit (to)  
28    to decrease or cause to decrease in amount or value  
the cost of living never drops     
29    to sink or cause to sink to a lower position, as on a scale  
30    to make or become less in strength, volume, etc.  
31    intr   to sink or decline in health or condition  
32    intr; sometimes foll by: into   to pass easily into a state or condition  
to drop into a habit     
33    intr   to move along gently as with a current of water or air  
34    tr   to allow to pass casually in conversation  
to drop a hint     
35    tr   to leave out (a word or letter)  
36    tr   to set down or unload (passengers or goods)  
37    tr   to send or post  
drop me a line     
38    tr   to discontinue; terminate  
let's drop the matter     
39    tr   to cease to associate or have to do with  
40    tr  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)   to cease to employ  
he was dropped from his job     
41    tr; sometimes foll by: in, off, etc.  
Informal   to leave or deposit, esp. at a specified place  
42    (of animals) to give birth to (offspring)  
43    Slang     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to lose (money), esp. when gambling  
44    tr   to lengthen (a hem, etc.)  
45    tr   to unload (troops, equipment, or supplies) by parachute  
46    tr     (Nautical)   to leave behind; sail out of sight of  
47    tr     (Sport)   to omit (a player) from a team  
48    tr   to lose (a score, game, or contest)  
the champion dropped his first service game     
49    tr     (Golf, basketball, etc.)   to hit or throw (a ball) into a goal  
he dropped a 30 foot putt     
50    tr   to hit (a ball) with a drop shot  
51    drop astern     (Nautical)   to fall back to the stern (of another vessel)  
52    tr     (Motor racing, slang)   to spin (the car) and (usually) crash out of the race  
53    tr  
Slang   to swallow (a drug, esp. a barbiturate or LSD)  
54    drop dead!  
Slang   an exclamation of contempt  
      n  
      vb  
55      (Rugby)      short for       drop kick       drop-kick     (See also)        drop away       drop off       dropout       drops  
     (Old English dropian; related to Old High German triofan to drip)  


acid drop  
      n   a boiled sweet with a sharp taste  
blood-drop emlets  
      n   functioning as sing   a Chilean scrophulariaceous plant, Mimulus luteus, naturalized in central Europe, having red-spotted yellow flowers  
   See also       monkey flower       musk       3  
cough drop  
      n   a lozenge to relieve a cough  
delayed drop  
      n     (Aeronautics)   a parachute descent with the opening of the parachute delayed, usually for a predetermined period  
drop away  
      vb   intr, adv   to fall or go away gradually  
drop cannon  
      n     (Billiards)   a shot in which the first object ball joins or gathers with the cue ball and the other object ball, esp. at the top of the table  
drop curtain  
      n     (Theatre)   a curtain that is suspended from the flies and can be raised and lowered onto the stage,   (Also called)    drop cloth, drop  
drop-dead  
      adv  
Informal   outstandingly or exceptionally  
drop-dead gorgeous     
drop-dead fee  
      n   a fee paid to an organization lending money to a company that is hoping to use it to finance a takeover bid. The fee is only paid if the bid fails and interest charges are only incurred if the money is needed  
drop forge  
      n  
1      (Also called)    drop hammer   a device for forging metal between two dies, one of which is fixed, the other acting by gravity or by steam or hydraulic pressure  
      vb  
  drop-forge   tr  
2    to forge (metal) into (a component) by the use of a drop forge  
drop goal  
      n     (Rugby)   a goal scored with a drop kick during the run of play  
drop hammer  
      n      another name for       drop forge  
drop-in centre  
      n     (Social welfare)   (in Britain) a daycentre run by the social services or a charity that clients may attend on an informal basis  
drop kick  
      n  
1    a kick in certain sports such as rugby, in which the ball is dropped and kicked as it bounces from the ground  
   Compare       punt   2       place kick  
2    a wrestling attack, illegal in amateur wrestling, in which a wrestler leaps in the air and kicks his opponent in the face or body with both feet  
      vb  
  drop-kick  
3    to kick (a ball, etc.) using a drop kick  
4    to kick (an opponent in wrestling) by the use of a drop kick  
drop leaf  
      n  
a    a hinged flap on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket or additional pivoted leg to extend the surface  
b    (as modifier)  
a drop-leaf table     
drop lock  
      n     (Finance)   a variable-rate bank loan used on international markets that is automatically replaced by a fixed-rate long-term bond if the long-term interest rates fall to a specified level; it thus combines the advantages of a bank loan with those of a bond  
drop off  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to grow smaller or less; decline  
2    tr   to allow to alight; set down  
3    intr  
Informal   to fall asleep  
      n  
  drop-off  
4    a steep or vertical descent  
5    a sharp decrease  
drop scone  
      n   a flat spongy cake made by dropping a spoonful of batter on a griddle,   (Also called)    girdlecake, griddlecake, Scotch pancake     (Scot.)   pancake  
drop shipment  
      n   a consignment invoiced to a wholesaler or other middleman but sent directly to the retailer by a manufacturer  
drop shot  
      n  
1   
a      (Tennis)   a softly-played return that drops abruptly after clearing the net, intended to give an opponent no chance of reaching the ball and usually achieved by imparting backspin  
b      (Squash)   a similar shot that stops abruptly after hitting the front wall of the court  
2    a type of shot made by permitting molten metal to percolate through a sieve and then dropping it into a tank of water  
drop tank  
      n   an external aircraft tank, usually containing fuel, that can be detached and dropped in flight  
fruit drop  
      n  
1    the premature shedding of fruit from a tree before fully ripe  
2    a boiled sweet with a fruity flavour  
knee drop  
      n   a wrestling attack in which a wrestler lifts his opponent and drops him onto his bent knee  
lemon drop  
      n   a lemon-flavoured boiled sweet  
mail drop  
      n     (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a receptacle or chute for mail  
wrist-drop  
      n   paralysis of the extensor muscles of the wrist and fingers  
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dead letter box   , drop         
      n   a place where messages and other material can be left and collected secretly without the sender and the recipient meeting  


acid drop  
      n   a boiled sweet with a sharp taste  
blood-drop emlets  
      n   functioning as sing   a Chilean scrophulariaceous plant, Mimulus luteus, naturalized in central Europe, having red-spotted yellow flowers  
   See also       monkey flower       musk       3  
cough drop  
      n   a lozenge to relieve a cough  
delayed drop  
      n     (Aeronautics)   a parachute descent with the opening of the parachute delayed, usually for a predetermined period  
drop  
      n  
1    a small quantity of liquid that forms or falls in a spherical or pear-shaped mass; globule  
2    a very small quantity of liquid  
3    a very small quantity of anything  
4    something resembling a drop in shape or size, such as a decorative pendant or small sweet  
5    the act or an instance of falling; descent  
6    a decrease in amount or value; slump  
a drop in prices     
7    the vertical distance that anything may fall  
8    a steep or sheer incline or slope  
9       short for       fruit drop  
10    the act of unloading troops, equipment, or supplies by parachute  
11    (in cable television) a short spur from a trunk cable that feeds signals to an individual house  
12      (Theatre)      See       drop curtain  
13       another word for       trap door       gallows  
14      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a slot or aperture through which an object can be dropped to fall into a receptacle  
15      (Nautical)   the midships height of a sail bent to a fixed yard  
   Compare       hoist       6a  
16      (Austral, cricket)  
slang   a fall of the wicket  
he came in at first drop     
17       See       drop shot  
18    a drop in the bucket (or in the ocean)   an amount very small in relation to what is needed or desired  
19    at the drop of a hat   without hesitation or delay  
20    have had a drop too much   to be drunk  
21    have the drop on (someone)     (U.S. and N.Z.)   to have the advantage over (someone)  
      vb   , drops, dropping, dropped  
22    (of liquids) to fall or allow to fall in globules  
23    to fall or allow to fall vertically  
24    tr   to allow to fall by letting go of  
25    to sink or fall or cause to sink or fall to the ground, as from a blow, wound, shot, weariness, etc.  
26    intr; foll by: back, behind, etc.   to fall, move, or go in a specified manner, direction, etc.  
27    intr; foll by: in, by, etc.  
Informal   to pay a casual visit (to)  
28    to decrease or cause to decrease in amount or value  
the cost of living never drops     
29    to sink or cause to sink to a lower position, as on a scale  
30    to make or become less in strength, volume, etc.  
31    intr   to sink or decline in health or condition  
32    intr; sometimes foll by: into   to pass easily into a state or condition  
to drop into a habit     
33    intr   to move along gently as with a current of water or air  
34    tr   to allow to pass casually in conversation  
to drop a hint     
35    tr   to leave out (a word or letter)  
36    tr   to set down or unload (passengers or goods)  
37    tr   to send or post  
drop me a line     
38    tr   to discontinue; terminate  
let's drop the matter     
39    tr   to cease to associate or have to do with  
40    tr  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)   to cease to employ  
he was dropped from his job     
41    tr; sometimes foll by: in, off, etc.  
Informal   to leave or deposit, esp. at a specified place  
42    (of animals) to give birth to (offspring)  
43    Slang     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to lose (money), esp. when gambling  
44    tr   to lengthen (a hem, etc.)  
45    tr   to unload (troops, equipment, or supplies) by parachute  
46    tr     (Nautical)   to leave behind; sail out of sight of  
47    tr     (Sport)   to omit (a player) from a team  
48    tr   to lose (a score, game, or contest)  
the champion dropped his first service game     
49    tr     (Golf, basketball, etc.)   to hit or throw (a ball) into a goal  
he dropped a 30 foot putt     
50    tr   to hit (a ball) with a drop shot  
51    drop astern     (Nautical)   to fall back to the stern (of another vessel)  
52    tr     (Motor racing, slang)   to spin (the car) and (usually) crash out of the race  
53    tr  
Slang   to swallow (a drug, esp. a barbiturate or LSD)  
54    drop dead!  
Slang   an exclamation of contempt  
      n  
      vb  
55      (Rugby)      short for       drop kick       drop-kick     (See also)        drop away       drop off       dropout       drops  
     (Old English dropian; related to Old High German triofan to drip)  
drop away  
      vb   intr, adv   to fall or go away gradually  
drop cannon  
      n     (Billiards)   a shot in which the first object ball joins or gathers with the cue ball and the other object ball, esp. at the top of the table  
drop curtain  
      n     (Theatre)   a curtain that is suspended from the flies and can be raised and lowered onto the stage,   (Also called)    drop cloth, drop  
drop-dead  
      adv  
Informal   outstandingly or exceptionally  
drop-dead gorgeous     
drop-dead fee  
      n   a fee paid to an organization lending money to a company that is hoping to use it to finance a takeover bid. The fee is only paid if the bid fails and interest charges are only incurred if the money is needed  
drop forge  
      n  
1      (Also called)    drop hammer   a device for forging metal between two dies, one of which is fixed, the other acting by gravity or by steam or hydraulic pressure  
      vb  
  drop-forge   tr  
2    to forge (metal) into (a component) by the use of a drop forge  
drop goal  
      n     (Rugby)   a goal scored with a drop kick during the run of play  
drop hammer  
      n      another name for       drop forge  
drop-in centre  
      n     (Social welfare)   (in Britain) a daycentre run by the social services or a charity that clients may attend on an informal basis  
drop kick  
      n  
1    a kick in certain sports such as rugby, in which the ball is dropped and kicked as it bounces from the ground  
   Compare       punt   2       place kick  
2    a wrestling attack, illegal in amateur wrestling, in which a wrestler leaps in the air and kicks his opponent in the face or body with both feet  
      vb  
  drop-kick  
3    to kick (a ball, etc.) using a drop kick  
4    to kick (an opponent in wrestling) by the use of a drop kick  
drop leaf  
      n  
a    a hinged flap on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket or additional pivoted leg to extend the surface  
b    (as modifier)  
a drop-leaf table     
drop lock  
      n     (Finance)   a variable-rate bank loan used on international markets that is automatically replaced by a fixed-rate long-term bond if the long-term interest rates fall to a specified level; it thus combines the advantages of a bank loan with those of a bond  
drop off  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to grow smaller or less; decline  
2    tr   to allow to alight; set down  
3    intr  
Informal   to fall asleep  
      n  
  drop-off  
4    a steep or vertical descent  
5    a sharp decrease  
drop scone  
      n   a flat spongy cake made by dropping a spoonful of batter on a griddle,   (Also called)    girdlecake, griddlecake, Scotch pancake     (Scot.)   pancake  
drop shipment  
      n   a consignment invoiced to a wholesaler or other middleman but sent directly to the retailer by a manufacturer  
drop shot  
      n  
1   
a      (Tennis)   a softly-played return that drops abruptly after clearing the net, intended to give an opponent no chance of reaching the ball and usually achieved by imparting backspin  
b      (Squash)   a similar shot that stops abruptly after hitting the front wall of the court  
2    a type of shot made by permitting molten metal to percolate through a sieve and then dropping it into a tank of water  
drop tank  
      n   an external aircraft tank, usually containing fuel, that can be detached and dropped in flight  
fruit drop  
      n  
1    the premature shedding of fruit from a tree before fully ripe  
2    a boiled sweet with a fruity flavour  
knee drop  
      n   a wrestling attack in which a wrestler lifts his opponent and drops him onto his bent knee  
lemon drop  
      n   a lemon-flavoured boiled sweet  
mail drop  
      n     (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a receptacle or chute for mail  
wrist-drop  
      n   paralysis of the extensor muscles of the wrist and fingers  

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drop curtain  
      n     (Theatre)   a curtain that is suspended from the flies and can be raised and lowered onto the stage,   (Also called)    drop cloth, drop         


acid drop  
      n   a boiled sweet with a sharp taste  
blood-drop emlets  
      n   functioning as sing   a Chilean scrophulariaceous plant, Mimulus luteus, naturalized in central Europe, having red-spotted yellow flowers  
   See also       monkey flower       musk       3  
cough drop  
      n   a lozenge to relieve a cough  
delayed drop  
      n     (Aeronautics)   a parachute descent with the opening of the parachute delayed, usually for a predetermined period  
drop  
      n  
1    a small quantity of liquid that forms or falls in a spherical or pear-shaped mass; globule  
2    a very small quantity of liquid  
3    a very small quantity of anything  
4    something resembling a drop in shape or size, such as a decorative pendant or small sweet  
5    the act or an instance of falling; descent  
6    a decrease in amount or value; slump  
a drop in prices     
7    the vertical distance that anything may fall  
8    a steep or sheer incline or slope  
9       short for       fruit drop  
10    the act of unloading troops, equipment, or supplies by parachute  
11    (in cable television) a short spur from a trunk cable that feeds signals to an individual house  
12      (Theatre)      See       drop curtain  
13       another word for       trap door       gallows  
14      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a slot or aperture through which an object can be dropped to fall into a receptacle  
15      (Nautical)   the midships height of a sail bent to a fixed yard  
   Compare       hoist       6a  
16      (Austral, cricket)  
slang   a fall of the wicket  
he came in at first drop     
17       See       drop shot  
18    a drop in the bucket (or in the ocean)   an amount very small in relation to what is needed or desired  
19    at the drop of a hat   without hesitation or delay  
20    have had a drop too much   to be drunk  
21    have the drop on (someone)     (U.S. and N.Z.)   to have the advantage over (someone)  
      vb   , drops, dropping, dropped  
22    (of liquids) to fall or allow to fall in globules  
23    to fall or allow to fall vertically  
24    tr   to allow to fall by letting go of  
25    to sink or fall or cause to sink or fall to the ground, as from a blow, wound, shot, weariness, etc.  
26    intr; foll by: back, behind, etc.   to fall, move, or go in a specified manner, direction, etc.  
27    intr; foll by: in, by, etc.  
Informal   to pay a casual visit (to)  
28    to decrease or cause to decrease in amount or value  
the cost of living never drops     
29    to sink or cause to sink to a lower position, as on a scale  
30    to make or become less in strength, volume, etc.  
31    intr   to sink or decline in health or condition  
32    intr; sometimes foll by: into   to pass easily into a state or condition  
to drop into a habit     
33    intr   to move along gently as with a current of water or air  
34    tr   to allow to pass casually in conversation  
to drop a hint     
35    tr   to leave out (a word or letter)  
36    tr   to set down or unload (passengers or goods)  
37    tr   to send or post  
drop me a line     
38    tr   to discontinue; terminate  
let's drop the matter     
39    tr   to cease to associate or have to do with  
40    tr  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)   to cease to employ  
he was dropped from his job     
41    tr; sometimes foll by: in, off, etc.  
Informal   to leave or deposit, esp. at a specified place  
42    (of animals) to give birth to (offspring)  
43    Slang     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to lose (money), esp. when gambling  
44    tr   to lengthen (a hem, etc.)  
45    tr   to unload (troops, equipment, or supplies) by parachute  
46    tr     (Nautical)   to leave behind; sail out of sight of  
47    tr     (Sport)   to omit (a player) from a team  
48    tr   to lose (a score, game, or contest)  
the champion dropped his first service game     
49    tr     (Golf, basketball, etc.)   to hit or throw (a ball) into a goal  
he dropped a 30 foot putt     
50    tr   to hit (a ball) with a drop shot  
51    drop astern     (Nautical)   to fall back to the stern (of another vessel)  
52    tr     (Motor racing, slang)   to spin (the car) and (usually) crash out of the race  
53    tr  
Slang   to swallow (a drug, esp. a barbiturate or LSD)  
54    drop dead!  
Slang   an exclamation of contempt  
      n  
      vb  
55      (Rugby)      short for       drop kick       drop-kick     (See also)        drop away       drop off       dropout       drops  
     (Old English dropian; related to Old High German triofan to drip)  
drop away  
      vb   intr, adv   to fall or go away gradually  
drop cannon  
      n     (Billiards)   a shot in which the first object ball joins or gathers with the cue ball and the other object ball, esp. at the top of the table  
drop-dead  
      adv  
Informal   outstandingly or exceptionally  
drop-dead gorgeous     
drop-dead fee  
      n   a fee paid to an organization lending money to a company that is hoping to use it to finance a takeover bid. The fee is only paid if the bid fails and interest charges are only incurred if the money is needed  
drop forge  
      n  
1      (Also called)    drop hammer   a device for forging metal between two dies, one of which is fixed, the other acting by gravity or by steam or hydraulic pressure  
      vb  
  drop-forge   tr  
2    to forge (metal) into (a component) by the use of a drop forge  
drop goal  
      n     (Rugby)   a goal scored with a drop kick during the run of play  
drop hammer  
      n      another name for       drop forge  
drop-in centre  
      n     (Social welfare)   (in Britain) a daycentre run by the social services or a charity that clients may attend on an informal basis  
drop kick  
      n  
1    a kick in certain sports such as rugby, in which the ball is dropped and kicked as it bounces from the ground  
   Compare       punt   2       place kick  
2    a wrestling attack, illegal in amateur wrestling, in which a wrestler leaps in the air and kicks his opponent in the face or body with both feet  
      vb  
  drop-kick  
3    to kick (a ball, etc.) using a drop kick  
4    to kick (an opponent in wrestling) by the use of a drop kick  
drop leaf  
      n  
a    a hinged flap on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket or additional pivoted leg to extend the surface  
b    (as modifier)  
a drop-leaf table            
drop lock  
      n     (Finance)   a variable-rate bank loan used on international markets that is automatically replaced by a fixed-rate long-term bond if the long-term interest rates fall to a specified level; it thus combines the advantages of a bank loan with those of a bond  
drop off  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to grow smaller or less; decline  
2    tr   to allow to alight; set down  
3    intr  
Informal   to fall asleep  
      n  
  drop-off  
4    a steep or vertical descent  
5    a sharp decrease  
drop scone  
      n   a flat spongy cake made by dropping a spoonful of batter on a griddle,   (Also called)    girdlecake, griddlecake, Scotch pancake     (Scot.)   pancake  
drop shipment  
      n   a consignment invoiced to a wholesaler or other middleman but sent directly to the retailer by a manufacturer  
drop shot  
      n  
1   
a      (Tennis)   a softly-played return that drops abruptly after clearing the net, intended to give an opponent no chance of reaching the ball and usually achieved by imparting backspin  
b      (Squash)   a similar shot that stops abruptly after hitting the front wall of the court  
2    a type of shot made by permitting molten metal to percolate through a sieve and then dropping it into a tank of water  
drop tank  
      n   an external aircraft tank, usually containing fuel, that can be detached and dropped in flight  
fruit drop  
      n  
1    the premature shedding of fruit from a tree before fully ripe  
2    a boiled sweet with a fruity flavour  
knee drop  
      n   a wrestling attack in which a wrestler lifts his opponent and drops him onto his bent knee  
lemon drop  
      n   a lemon-flavoured boiled sweet  
mail drop  
      n     (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a receptacle or chute for mail  
wrist-drop  
      n   paralysis of the extensor muscles of the wrist and fingers  

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drop

  

      n  
1    bead, bubble, driblet, drip, droplet, globule, pearl, tear  
2    dab, dash, mouthful, nip, pinch, shot     (informal)   sip, spot, taste, tot, trace, trickle  
3    abyss, chasm, declivity, descent, fall, plunge, precipice, slope  
4    cut, decline, decrease, deterioration, downturn, fall-off, lowering, reduction, slump  
      vb  
5    dribble, drip, fall in drops, trickle  
6    decline, depress, descend, diminish, dive, droop, fall, lower, plummet, plunge, sink, tumble  
7    abandon, axe     (informal)   cease, desert, discontinue, forsake, give up, kick     (informal)   leave, quit, relinquish, remit, terminate  
8      (informal)   disown, ignore, jilt, reject, renounce, repudiate, throw over  
9      (sometimes with)       off   deposit, leave, let off, set down, unload  


drop in (on)     
blow in     (informal)   call, call in, go and see, look in (on), look up, pop in     (informal)   roll up     (informal)   stop, turn up, visit  
drop off  
1    decline, decrease, diminish, dwindle, fall off, lessen, slacken  
2    allow to alight, deliver, leave, let off, set down  
3      (informal)   catnap, doze (off), drowse, fall asleep, have forty winks     (informal)   nod (off), snooze     (informal)  
drop out     
abandon, back out, cop out     (slang)   fall by the wayside, forsake, give up, leave, quit, renege, stop, withdraw  

Diccionario de inglés sinónimos  

drop a bomb exp.
make a sensational announcement
[Fig.] E.g.: Today's newspapers dropped a bomb about the President's past.

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exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
exp.
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen

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