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fall all over oneself

fall all o·ver one·self
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl awl oh-ver wuhn-self, wuhnz-]
    • /fɔl ɔl ˈoʊ vər wʌnˈsɛlf, wʌnz-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl awl oh-ver wuhn-self, wuhnz-]
    • /fɔl ɔl ˈoʊ vər wʌnˈsɛlf, wʌnz-/

Definitions of fall all over oneself words

  • verb without object fall all over oneself to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support. 1
  • verb without object fall all over oneself to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not: to fall on one's knees. 1
  • verb without object fall all over oneself to become less or lower; become of a lower level, degree, amount, quality, value, number, etc.; decline: The temperature fell ten degrees. Stock prices fell to a new low for the year. 1
  • verb without object fall all over oneself to subside or abate. 1
  • verb without object fall all over oneself extend downward; hang down: Her hair falls to her shoulders. 1
  • verb without object fall all over oneself to become lowered or directed downward, as the eyes: My eyes fell before his steady gaze. 1

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Origin of fall all over oneself

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English fallen, Old English feallan; cognate with German fallen, Old Norse falla; akin to Lithuanian pùlti to fall

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Parts of speech for Fall all over oneself

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

fall all over oneself popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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