fall back

fall back
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl bak]
    • /fɔl bæk/
    • /fɔːl bæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl bak]
    • /fɔl bæk/

Definitions of fall back words

  • verb without object fall back 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 back 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 back 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 back to subside or abate. 1
  • verb without object fall back extend downward; hang down: Her hair falls to her shoulders. 1
  • verb without object fall back to become lowered or directed downward, as the eyes: My eyes fell before his steady gaze. 1

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Origin of fall back

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 back


fall back 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".

fall back usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fall back

verb fall back

  • recede — to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.
  • withdraw — to draw back, away, or aside; take back; remove: She withdrew her hand from his. He withdrew his savings from the bank.
  • back — If you move back, you move in the opposite direction to the one in which you are facing or in which you were moving before.
  • draw back — a hindrance or disadvantage; an undesirable or objectionable feature.
  • recoil — to draw back; start or shrink back, as in alarm, horror, or disgust.

Antonyms for fall back

verb fall back

  • advance — To advance means to move forward, often in order to attack someone.
  • forge — to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape.
  • forward — toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
  • progress — a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the progress of a student toward a degree.

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