drop on the floor = D = drop-outs

drop-ins n.

[prob. by analogy with drop-outs] Spurious characters appearing on a terminal or console as a result of line noise or a system malfunction of some sort. Esp. used when these are interspersed with one's own typed input. Compare drop-outs, sense 2.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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