- an act or instance of falling back.
- something or someone to turn or return to, especially for help or as an alternative: His teaching experience would be a fallback if the business failed.
- Also fall-back. of or designating something kept in reserve or as an alternative: The negotiators agreed on a fallback position.
Origin of fallback
1750–60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back
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Examples from the Web for fallback
He could, as a fallback, partner well with Big Squish-Em, Dis-Em Chris.Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
P. J. O’Rourke
November 22, 2014
A fallback position, adding an Eisenhower statue to the existing World War II Memorial, is already being discussed.The Strange Fight Over the Eisenhower Memorial
September 3, 2014
After realizing how difficult this plum post would be, “Biden” writes that he “wised up and settled on my current fallback plan.”Speed Read: 11 Best Bits from Joe Biden Satire ‘The President of Vice’
January 19, 2013
Their fallback is a series of small-bore bills like more visas for high-tech workers.Bob Shrum’s Winners & Losers of 2012
December 14, 2012
In other words, preserving the deduction is a fallback position.A Very Significant Tea Leaf in the GOP Platform
August 22, 2012
Word Origin and History for fallback
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper