There's almost no way the regime would have fallen absent the death of Hussein and his sons.
People like him had fallen for working-class girls before now.
Defense spending has fallen thanks to the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They instead announced a tribute to the two fallen officers.
Since the beginning of the year, volumes have fallen, with the GDP and the price of gas, to 6,000.
And yet on the third day after the attack the town had fallen!
And the blow might have fallen; Clif's only warning of his deadly peril.
Had we gone on we should certainly have fallen into their hands.
But it was for Bessie Stuart, fallen into the hands of these brutal men.
He has been reading to her, the book has fallen from his hand.
c.1400, past participle adjective from fall (v.). Used figuratively for "morally ruined" by 1620s. Meaning "those who have died" attested by 1765. Fallen angel is from 1680s; fallen woman by 1820.
Old English feallan (class VII strong verb; past tense feoll, past participle feallen) "to fall; fail, decay, die," from Proto-Germanic *fallanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fallan, Dutch vallen, Old Norse falla, Old High German fallan, German fallen), from PIE root *pol- "to fall" (cf. Armenian p'ul "downfall," Lithuanian puola "to fall," Old Prussian aupallai "finds," literally "falls upon").
Most of the figurative senses had developed in Middle English. Meaning "to be reduced" (as temperature) is from 1650s. To fall in love is attested from 1520s; to fall asleep is late 14c. Fall through "come to naught" is from 1781. To fall for something is from 1903.
c.1200, "a falling;" see fall (n.). Old English noun form, fealle, meant "snare, trap." Sense of "autumn" (now only in U.S.) is 1660s, short for fall of the leaf (1540s). That of "cascade, waterfall" is from 1570s. Wrestling sense is from 1550s. Of a city under siege, etc., 1580s. Fall guy is from 1906.
: This your first fall, ain't it?/ Another fall meant a life sentence (1893+)