Topic: WATER


adjective, adverb
1TTW a boat that is adrift is not fastened to anything or controlled by anyone:
Several of the lifeboats were still afloat a month after being cast adrift.
2 someone who is adrift is confused about what to do in their life:
a young woman adrift in London

come adrift

British English if something comes adrift, it is no longer fastened or attached to something:
Her hair was forever coming adrift from the pins she used to keep it in place.

two points/five seconds etc adrift (of somebody)

two points, five seconds etc behind someone in a competition, race etc

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