drift apart

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drift apart (third-person singular simple present drifts apart, present participle drifting apart, simple past and past participle drifted apart)

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive, of companions) To lose contact, to lose one's friendship or closeness.
    We used to be good friends but we drifted apart over the years.
    • 1931, John Klenner, Just Friends
      To think of what we've been, and not to kiss again, seems like pretending it isn't ending, two friends drifting apart, two friends but one broken heart