Pronunciation: (drop'in"), [key]
1. Informal. Also,dropper-in.a person who or thing that pays an unexpected or uninvited visit: a feeder for squirrels, raccoons, and other drop-ins.
2. Informal.a social gathering at which the guests are not expected to stay long: Be sure to stop by our house for a glass of eggnog at our Christmas drop-in.
1. provided for short-term patronage: a drop-in shelter for the homeless.
2. requiring only insertion to be ready for use: a drop-in film cartridge.
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