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fallback

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/ ˈfɔlˌbæk /
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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.
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Origin of fallback

1750–60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back
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British Dictionary definitions for fallback

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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fallback

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]

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