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Verb: drop back
  1. Take position in the rear, as in a military formation or in the line of scrimmage in football
    "The defender dropped back behind his teammate"
     
  2. To lag or linger behind
    "But in so many other areas we still are dropping back";
    - drag, trail, get behind, hang back, drop behind

Derived forms: drops back, dropping back, dropped back

Type of: dawdle, fall back, fall behind, lag, move