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Idioms for fall

Origin of fall

before 900; Middle English fallen, Old English feallan; cognate with German fallen, Old Norse falla; akin to Lithuanian pùlti to fall

OTHER WORDS FROM fall

un·fall·ing, adjective

Definition for fall back (2 of 2)

fallback
[ fawl-bak ]
/ ˈfɔlˌbæk /

noun

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.

adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for fall back (1 of 3)

fall back

verb (intr, adverb)

to recede or retreat
(foll by on or upon) to have recourse (to)

noun fall-back

a retreat
a reserve, esp money, that can be called upon in need
  1. anything to which one can have recourse as a second choice
  2. (as modifier)a fall-back position

British Dictionary definitions for fall back (2 of 3)

Fall
/ (fɔːl) /

noun

the Fall theol Adam's sin of disobedience and the state of innate sinfulness ensuing from this for himself and all mankindSee also original sin

British Dictionary definitions for fall back (3 of 3)

fall
/ (fɔːl) /

verb falls, falling, fell (fɛl) or fallen (ˈfɔːlən) (mainly intr)

noun

Word Origin for fall

Old English feallan; related to Old Norse falla, Old Saxon, Old High German fallan to fall; see fell ²
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Idioms and Phrases with fall back (1 of 2)

fall back

1

Give ground, retreat, as in The troops fell back before the relentless enemy assault, or He stuck to his argument, refusing to fall back. [c. 1600]

2

Recede, as in The waves fell back from the shore. [c. 1800]

Idioms and Phrases with fall back (2 of 2)

fall

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