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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
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British Dictionary definitions for fall on (1 of 3)

fall on

verb (intr, preposition)

Also: fall upon to attack or snatch (an army, booty, etc)
fall flat on one's face to fail, esp in a ridiculous or humiliating manner
fall on one's feet to emerge unexpectedly well from a difficult situation

British Dictionary definitions for fall on (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 on (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 on (1 of 2)

fall on

Also, fall upon.

1

Attack suddenly and viciously, as in They fell on the guards and overpowered them. [c. 1400]

2

Meet with, encounter, as in They fell on hard times. [Late 1500s]

3

Find by chance, discover, as in We fell upon the idea last Saturday night. [Mid-1600s]

4

Be the responsibility or duty of someone, as in It fell on Clara to support the entire family. [Mid-1800s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with fall on.

Idioms and Phrases with fall on (2 of 2)

fall

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