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fallback

[fawl-bak] /ˈfɔlˌbæk/
noun
1.
an act or instance of falling back.
2.
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.
adjective
3.
Also, fall-back. of or designating something kept in reserve or as an alternative:
The negotiators agreed on a fallback position.
Origin of fallback
1750-1760
1750-60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back
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n.

also fall-back; 1767 as a type of chair; 1930 as "a position to be used in an emergency;" from fall (v.) + back (adv.).

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