Definition of drop-in in English:



  • 1Visited on an informal basis without booking or appointments.

    ‘a drop-in disco’
    • ‘It is an informal group that meets once a week on a drop-in basis.’
    • ‘Most of the time it is moored up as an informal drop-in restaurant for everything from a cyclist's brunch of French toast, bacon and maple syrup or pan-fried mushrooms on toast to a well-earned coffee and cake at the end of a walk.’
    • ‘To try to halt the explosion of cases, health bosses are organising drop-in sessions, school visits and extra GP surgeries to vaccinate teenagers and young people against the virus.’
    • ‘In addition, counseling services opened to drop-in visits.’
    • ‘Women who either receive an invitation for screening or simply want to check if they need a test can visit one of the drop-in sessions for help and advice.’
    • ‘The vaccine will be provided on a drop-in basis and is for students, staff and faculty alike.’
    • ‘They advise via telephone, drop-in sessions, appointments, outreach sessions at locations such as GP Surgeries, and/or home visits.’
    • ‘The coach house will provide advice to people in person, by telephone, letter or e-mail, with a clinic service for appointments or comprehensive assessments and drop-in advice.’
    • ‘The first hour is appointment only, followed by a drop-in clinic from 10.30 am until noon.’
    • ‘At one extreme you've got the magician who sets up an open house drop-in clinic within their community, where clients visit with requests for healing, divination, finding lost property, and so on.’
    • ‘As a response to the crisis, a drop-in facility has been set up today, Friday, in the room above the Tourist Information Centre in Kirkby Stephen.’
    • ‘There is a need for a confidential drop-in service with a focus on young people in a GP-type setting.’
    • ‘We would like the opportunity to be involved with the changes to Rowntree Park and would perhaps like a drop-in coffee shop in that area as it would beat hanging around on street corners.’
    • ‘A drop-in group the Isleworth's Mum's And Kids group runs every Wednesday morning (during term time) at the Isleworth Centre.’
    • ‘From 1: 45-4: 30 pm on Fridays there's a drop-in period and registration for Wednesday activities.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, other events organised for the festival's duration, include painting, film-making, science and music workshops, exhibitions and drop-in events.’
    • ‘We want to continue offering the women in our community useful programs, the companionship of women from many different cultures and a pleasant drop-in atmosphere for those needing a sympathetic ear over a cup of tea.’
    • ‘The drop-in clinic has been extremely well received and takes place on Thursday afternoons.’
    • ‘I hope these drop-in surgeries will be used by people who want to look forward rather than backwards.’
    • ‘It is hoped also to open a drop-in cafe for the teenagers but the problem here is not funding but volunteers to staff it.’
  • 2(of an object such as a chair seat) designed to drop into position.

    ‘It's easy to re-cover a drop-in seat if you have some leftover upholstery fabric.’
    ‘The drop in seat telescopes to the right width for your canoe and clamps onto the gunwales with clamps.’