take a fall


1

Also, take a spill. Suffer a fall, fall down, as in You took quite a fall on the ski slopes, didn't you? or Bill took a spill on the ice.

2

Be arrested or convicted, as in He's taken a fall or two and spent some years in jail. [Slang; 1920s]

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