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- Floating at random.
- So on the sea shall be set adrift. --Dryden.
- (of a seaman) Absent from his watch.
- (chiefly UK, often with of) Behind one's opponents, or below a required threshold in terms of score, number or position.
- The team were six points adrift of their rivals.
1996, David H. Begg, Monetary Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: Lessons After Half a Decade, International Monetary Fund, ISBN 1455282820:
- The Czech Republic in 1994-95, with a pegged nominal exchange rate and nominal deposit rates of 7 percent, was several percentage points adrift of the interest parity condition.
2006, Brian Long, Subaru Impreza: The Road Car & WRC Story, ISBN 1845840283, page 56:
- He did well, coming second, but Toyota and Mitsubishi were now neck-and-neck, with the Subaru team 38 points adrift of the leaders.
2012 April 18, Anthony Vickers, “Boro 0 Doncaster Rovers 0”, The Evening Gazette (Teeside):
- Boro were left needing snookers after a toothless goalless draw with Dead Men Walking Doncaster left them well adrift and fading in the chase for a Championship play-off place.
floating at random
in a drifting condition