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Prefix a- (for on) + drift.



adrift ‎(comparative more adrift, superlative most adrift)

  1. Floating at random.
    So on the sea shall be set adrift. --Dryden.
  2. (of a seaman) Absent from his watch.
  3. (chiefly Britain, 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”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1], 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.
    • 2014 December 21, Phil McNulty, “Liverpool 2 - 2 Arsenal”, in BBC[2]:
      Brendan Rodgers's team moved into the top 10 in the Premier League table, but they are nine points adrift of West Ham in fourth place, while Arsenal are sixth.



adrift ‎(comparative more adrift, superlative most adrift)

  1. In a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves.


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