drift away

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Verb1.drift away - lose personal contact over time; "The two women, who had been roommates in college, drifted apart after they got married"
alienate, disaffect, estrange, alien - arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness; "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"
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As he talked along, softly, pleasantly, flowingly, he seemed to drift away imperceptibly out of this world and time, and into some remote era and old forgotten country; and so he gradually wove such a spell about me that I seemed to move among the specters and shadows and dust and mold of a gray antiquity, holding speech with a relic of it
said Don Quixote, "cross ourselves and weigh anchor; I mean, embark and cut the moorings by which the bark is held;" and the bark began to drift away slowly from the bank.
They think it is an easy life, idle away a couple of years; and then, because their funds come to an end or because angry parents refuse any longer to support them, drift away from the hospital.
He was a good pupil and the hours he spent with his lessons were precious; they made the farm drift away.
She was willing enough, at any rate, to let the subject drift away.
The yellow trees were mirrored in the placid stream, with now and then a leaf falling on the water, mayhap to drift away and be used, as Uncle Blair suggested, by some adventurous wood sprite who had it in mind to fare forth to some far-off, legendary region where all the brooks ran into the sea.
The desire for life had departed, and Bobby was content to drift away on the easy tide of Death.
He was allowed to drift away from the threshold of the Belgravian mansion while Winnie averted her tearful eyes.
Expert Harry Shapiro explained yesterday: "They put you in a drowsy state in which you drift away from your troubles.
One of the most common phenomenon in the mutual fund industry today is when money managers drift away from their own pure asset class, hoping to improve performance.
The competition will be a culture shock for the old codgers at Lord's who despise cricket's drift away from white flannels and cream teas towards dancing girls and musical jingles.