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 for To drop astern
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Astern \A*stern"\, adv. [Pref. a- + stern.] (Naut.)
     1. In or at the hinder part of a ship; toward the hinder
        part, or stern; backward; as, to go astern.
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     2. Behind a ship; in the rear. "A gale of wind right astern."
        --De Foe. "Left this strait astern." --Drake.
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     To bake astern, to go stern foremost.
  
     To be astern of the reckoning, to be behind the position
        given by the reckoning.
  
     To drop astern, to fall or be left behind.
  
     To go astern, to go backward, as from the action of
        currents or winds.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drop \Drop\, v. i.
     1. To fall in drops.
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              The kindly dew drops from the higher tree,
              And wets the little plants that lowly dwell.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     2. To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe
        fruit drops from a tree; wise words drop from the lips.
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              Mutilations of which the meaning has dropped out of
              memory.                               --H. Spencer.
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              When the sound of dropping nuts is heard. --Bryant.
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     3. To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
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              The heavens . . . dropped at the presence of God.
                                                    --Ps. lxviii.
                                                    8.
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     4. To fall dead, or to fall in death; as, dropping like
        flies.
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              Nothing, says Seneca, so soon reconciles us to the
              thoughts of our own death, as the prospect of one
              friend after another dropping round us. --Digby.
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     5. To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the
        affair dropped. --Pope.
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     6. To come unexpectedly; -- with in or into; as, my old
        friend dropped in a moment. --Steele.
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              Takes care to drop in when he thinks you are just
              seated.                               --Spectator.
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     7. To fall or be depressed; to lower; as, the point of the
        spear dropped a little.
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     8. To fall short of a mark. [R.]
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              Often it drops or overshoots by the disproportion of
              distance.                             --Collier.
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     9. To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her
        main topsail drops seventeen yards.
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     To drop astern (Naut.), to go astern of another vessel; to
        be left behind; to slacken the speed of a vessel so as to
        fall behind and to let another pass a head.
  
     To drop down (Naut.), to sail, row, or move down a river,
        or toward the sea.
  
     To drop off, to fall asleep gently; also, to die. [Colloq.]
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