verb (past fell /fɛl/; past participle fallen /ˈfɔːl(ə)n/)[no object, with adverbial]
- I watched her open up the paper, let the rest of the tobacco fall onto the ground, and then ball up the little bit of paper and flick it.
- He brought his hands down, and she let the bow fall abruptly, surprised at his sudden movement.
- His hand glowed and the gigantic sword fell to the ground, leaving a small indention where it had fallen.
- I opened my left front door panel yesterday and I accidentally pull the door handle and the wire hook just fell off suddenly.
- One or more keys fell off the laptop keyboard and you are not sure how to put them back?
- His braided hair fell down over his shoulders, his eyes were jet black, and he liked to wear a piece of purple silk tied around his hair.
- His long golden hair falls down over his shoulders, and you notice two pointed ears poking out from the golden locks.
- The ground fell away from the river somewhat at first, and then rose and fell again before it went up in one slope toward the Wolfing dwellings.
- Where the ground fell away right at the end of the garden, we have made a lower level with some steps leading down to a small paved patio.
- His gaze fell to my lips as if he wanted to kiss me.
- Her eyes fell to the floor, searching for the largest, sharpest piece of the broken glass.
- Una's face fell slightly in disappointment and she looked at me.
- I was sure my face fell, reflecting my disappointment because Sister Martina patted me gently on the shoulder.
- Julie's face fell and tears trailed down her cheeks like two little streams.
- I did not fall or lose my balance or anything else embarrassing, but I was annoyed.
- We'd clasped hands and spun around, but I'd fallen off balance and crashed into the table.
- Thrown off balance, the boy fell with a splash, just as the bullet whizzed past his head.
- Cheska's fathers' eyes widened as he dropped to his knees, falling onto the ground face first.
- She knew that if she wasn't already sitting on her short stool, she'd probably have fallen to the ground from weak knees.
- I swear, if I hadn't been holding on to him I probably would have fallen to the ground due to weak knees.
- Struggling among the vines, Kearney reflected that they could report that a lot of trees had fallen down and the ground was full of large holes.
- The entire structure began falling inwards, collapsing in on itself like a cloth being folded.
- Dixie watched in shock as a tall pine tree fell slowly toward her plastic kennel, which was shaped like an igloo.
- Ok, here goes, if this site suddenly falls over, you'll know why!
- Two days later my computer kept falling over during the windows boot process with a suspect driver error.
- I bought two of these when they first came out, one as a mini server the other as a back up server. They were fine for about 24 months... then they both just fell over, both on the same day.
- If the Footsie fell by the same amount it would have gone below 3,000.
- Within the whole sample, depression scores fell by a similar amount in both groups at two and four months.
- Unemployment reached the highest levels since the 1930s. Wages fell by the greatest amount in a century.
- Easton awoke early this morning to find the thermometer had fallen 30 during the night, and was but 2 above a zero.
- The Tourism Barometer's recent low point of 87.1 in November 2001 was matched only in March 1993 when the barometer fell to 87.0.
- But at the same time, the last three seasons with Scott in the team still saw us fall away as the campaign drew to an end.
- Yes, our league form did fall away a bit but now we are back on track we can give it full focus now and look to improve our league position.
- Middlesbrough in particular have suffered this season from this very factor, falling away after a great start to the season.
- When the town fell to the epidemic of vampirism that swept the world, it must have fallen quickly.
- Despite the efforts of Washington's regulars and the massed militia, New York and its strategic harbor fell to the enemy in September 1776. ...
- Damar becomes even more angry, when he learns that Septimus III has fallen to the enemy, even though Weyoun had promised to "deal" with the situation.
- Two wickets had fallen in three balls, and Pakistan were delicately poised at 109 for 3.
- No more wickets fell before the close and Jaques ended unbeaten on 67.
- With the wickets falling at regular innings Crompark were back in with a chance.
- On this Memorial Day as we honor those who have fallen in battle in service of their country let us pray to whatever higher force in which we believe or hope that the dying stops.
- That uniform is stained with the noble blood of those who've fallen in battle for their country.
- The General was said to be battered and bruised, but was not one of the unfortunate 420000 who fell during the battle.
- Napoleon III fell from power and in 1870, Hugo witnessed the siege of Paris.
- Where were you on the day Margaret Thatcher fell from power?
- Ties had been strained after the Khmer Rouge fell from power in 1979, but warmed again in the mid-1990s.
- I immediately fell into Damin, though, because my legs had fallen asleep.
- With food and water in her stomach, Calida let the urge to fall asleep take over and she fell into a dreamless, peaceful sleep.
- At long last the day ended, and I fell into bed hoping to fall asleep quickly and refrain from thinking about the ball again.
- Three Beanie Baby birthdays have fallen in the last eight days and by tonight when I was being asked to suggest presents for a lobster I confess I was feeling unhelpful.
- Night had fallen again upon the world, letting the world below fall into a gentle slumber.
- As night began to fall, he arrived at a village and all the hotels were full for the night.
- And the sons of Israel fell to doing what was bad in the eyes of Jehovah.
- When her mistress left her, she fell to doing her work slowly again, and sometimes she paused to listen to the talk in the bathhouse behind her.
- After graduation I fell accidentally into a job which enabled me to pursue a professional qualification.
- Some of us were born to be spies. Not me though, I sort of fell into it by chance.
- Meanwhile, I fell into teaching, probably because life has a way of guiding you into service to your fellow humans.
- I am only biased against that which is unfunny, though I suppose that my own approach falls under the banner of indie or alternative comedy, two things I am not sure even exist.
- Wald has also spoken of the need for bases to help protect oil reserves in Africa (which falls under the purview of the EUCOM).
- Prosecuting illegal aliens for entering the country falls under the jurisdiction, of course, of the U.S. federal government.
- TWO jockeys were hurt in falls and a spectator collapsed in a toilet during a North Yorkshire horse race.
- Mrs Tempest was conscious after the initial fall but later collapsed and was airlifted to Nairobi General Hospital.
- Runs up the ramp may be frantic attempts to escape, but end in falls, collapses and rolling back down.
- He then did a springboard senton but Hart went to count the fall but Kash pulled him out of the ring.
- Monty Brown pinned Sabu in 8: 35 in an Extreme rules match, which meant falls count anywhere.
- A fall from the ring counts as two knockdowns, with three knockdowns resulting in a loss just like a knockout.
- Management decided it was unsafe for miners to continue working as the coalface was hit by falls of rock and debris from the roof, and flooding.
- Councillors branded it ‘diabolical’ blaming KCC for being too slow in dealing with the heavy falls of snow of January 8.
- We awoke this morning, after promises all weekend of disruptive falls of snow, to a tiny white dusting, a little more fell soon after but for now that seems to be it.
- If they are able, they may slow down time itself and forestall the fall of night. If not, there is always another chance; the fall of night will bring dreams that enlighten future journeys.
- With the fall of darkness, it shuts down its solar collectors.
- There were other falls, other cascades and exciting spurts of white water in the canyon, and also quiet stretches so clear that each stone lay as if painted on the creek bed.
- The steps are crowned with statues and, again, fountains, which make them a combination of sprouting water and cascading falls.
- With water cascading down from a height of 4,500 ft. and splitting into five smaller falls, the Kempty waterfalls offers a panoramic view.
- When notation did appear in the 9th century, it indicated the rise and fall of the melodies without exact specification of pitches.
- After a few builds and falls, the scherzo gives way to a gorgeous, lush melody of a kind normally associated with Rachmaninoff.
- The men begin singing Shalom Aleichem, swaying with the rise and fall of the melody.
- White hair hang in a straight fall from my head to mid-back.
- The folds of the drapery, the fall of the curtains, had been arranged and rearranged, by Adolph and Rosa, with that nicety of eye which characterizes their race.
- Originally most bearded irises had droopy falls (the petals that hang down).
- ‘George’ has plum-purple petals and darker purple falls, with tiny markings of yellow and white.
- Blue-white standards with black falls and a yellow sunburst pattern circling the red beards will surely dazzle any iris lover.
- The fall in prices would be greater than the fall not only in their wage rates but also in the overall average of wage rates.
- The dollar suffered its biggest fall against the Yen for more than a year.
- The central bank attributed the steady plunge of the gross national savings rate to a rapid fall of savings in the household sector.
- Argentina's swift defeat hastened the fall of the military dictatorship and the restoration of democracy.
- The battle between Enigorio and Enigonhahetgea reminds one of the fall of Satan in Christian lore.
- He compared the fall of the Soviet Union to the rise of new media.
- His dramatic exit resolved the paradoxes of his life and arguably saved him a very public decline and fall.
- But Melon subjects the ladies to a graphic account of his decline and fall.
- The decline and fall of a mere meritocrat in a world of privilege is the theme of this novel.
- The author's claim that the biblical creation story associates woman with ‘inborn evil’ relies upon a Christian interpretation of the Fall of Man story in Genesis, which ascribes the dogma of Original Sin to Eve's eating the apple.
- The poet, invoking the ‘Heav'nly Muse ’, states his theme, the Fall of Man through disobedience, and his aim, which is no less than to ‘justifie the wayes of God to men’.
- And instead of original sin leading to the Fall of Man, we fear the degradation of Nature by an apparently malevolent human species.
- In the fall, autumn leaves will bring a change of color to the coastline.
- Mating season commonly takes place during the fall and winter seasons, but can occur at any time throughout the year.
- In addition, I'd like to wish everyone a great fall and winter season, and may the weather be good to us.
- Early and late falls of woodcock add to the excitement of the day.
- A fall of woodcocks skimmed a tree-ringed meadow.
- When there has been a large fall of woodcock during the night, birds may be found at times in the strangest places.
be riding (or heading) for a fall
- informal Be acting in a reckless way that is likely to end in trouble or disaster: with your present attitude, you’re riding for a fallMore example sentences
- Look out little Johnny, cause you're riding for a fall.
- There is no question that those who lock themselves into a fixed way of reading reality are riding for a fall, because, as Eugene Fama put it, ‘Life always has a fat tail.’
- But as it happens, there is a good reason for thinking that the pound might be riding for a fall - and that is the size of Britain's trade deficit.
fall between two stools
- see stool.
- Come into conflict with: one of his songs has fallen foul of censorship regulationsMore example sentences
- Opponents claim such a move would be a gross violation of civil liberties which is likely in Scotland to fall foul of European human rights legislation.
- I figured I was in a small minority of people who fell afoul of the polygraph.
- The 57-year-old fell foul of the law when he claimed income support, council tax and housing benefit after becoming the town crier
fall in (or into) line
- Conform with others: she defiantly pledges not to fall into line with the massesWith reference to military formationMore example sentences
- Even his language on posters fell into line with the exhortative tone on Soviet posters when they urged, ‘Let us all fulfill the plan of the great projects.’
- In spite of record construction levels, there was still no sign that the Irish market would fall victim to oversupply, but price inflation would tail off sharply when supply and demand finally fell into line, he added.
- Since she fell into line with Howard on the issue of asylum seekers, many in the Left have deserted the party in its hour of need.
fall in (or out of) love (with someone)
- see love.
fall into place
- (Of a series of events or facts) begin to make sense: once he knew what to look for, the theory fell quickly into placeMore example sentences
become clear, come home to one, make sense, dawn, register, get through, sink ininformal click
- The programme of events is falling into place.
- Sometimes, when things are falling around me, I don't have the patience to sense they might be falling into place.
- We look forward to watching the way the development progresses from here as the pieces in this massive and complex jigsaw begin to fall into place.
fall on stony ground
- see stony.
fall over oneself to do something
- informal Be excessively eager to do something: critics fell over themselves to compliment himMore example sentences
- Music critics fell over themselves to praise ‘The Message,’ treating it as the poetry of the streets - as the elite media has characterized hip-hop ever since.
- His indictment of the tabloid press seemed vindicated when its TV critics began falling over themselves to say how brilliant the broadcast had been.
- Critics have been falling over themselves to heap praise on the musician after she brought fans to their feet with stirring performances.
fall prey to
- see prey.
fall short (of)
- (Of a missile) fail to reach its target.Example sentences
- An Iraqi surface-to-surface missile that was being fired at our troops fell short of its target.
- Some shells fell short of their targets and others broke into pieces in the air.
- It fell short of the intended target and bounced harmlessly off the table in front of me.
- 10.1Be deficient or inadequate: the total vote fell short of the required two-thirds majorityMore example sentences
fail to meet, fail to reach, fail to live up to;be deficient, be inadequate, be insufficient, be wanting, be lacking, disappoint, fail, fail to live up to one's expectationsinformal not come up to scratch
- A proposal to extend extra temporary benefits to jobless Americans fell short by one vote in the Senate Tuesday.
- The vote on whether to vote fell short by 6 votes even though it won 54 to 46.
- It was clear that in the key marginals the Labour vote was falling short of what the national polls were saying.
fall to pieces
- see fall apart .
fall victim to
- see victim.
take the fall
- North American informal Incur blame or punishment in the place of another person: he kept his mouth shut and let McFarlane take the fallMore example sentences
- If someone backed me up in a lie and then took the fall for me when it was exposed, I'd have confidence in him too.
- European governments continue to allow employers the privilege of using cheap foreign labor while making asylum seekers take the fall for clandestine migration.
- It relieves the truly guilty parties of the need to decide who among them must take the fall.
- British informal Laugh uncontrollably: audiences used to fall about when he shrugged his shouldersMore example sentences
- The girls will screech when she says this, fall about laughing, because for someone so tiny and sweet, the incongruity of these words is hilarious, and she knows it.
- Like most sound people I fell about the place laughing when Bertie appointed the little corporal to the position of Minister for Defence.
- When they first told us that story we were all falling about laughing.
- Break up, come apart, or disintegrate: their marriage is likely to fall apartMore example sentences
fall to pieces, come to pieces, fall to bits, come to bits, come apart (at the seams);disintegrate, fragment, break up, break apart, crumble, dissolve, degenerate, decay, moulder, perish;go downhill, go to rack and ruininformal bust
- Last time around, many expressways just fell apart, disintegrated after a few months.
- I lost a burger down the gap in the grill - the burgers weren't the best quality and fell apart very easily.
- Monkfish is the heavyweight contender of the fish world, so strong it can easily be reheated a couple of times without falling apart.
- 2.1(Of a person) lose one’s capacity to cope: Angie fell to pieces because she had lost everythingMore example sentences
break down, have a breakdown, go to pieces, fall to pieces, lose control, lose one's self-control, crumbleinformal crack up, freak, freak out
- It is when we cannot manage life, when the level of stress outweighs mechanisms for coping with stress, that we fall apart.
- It wasn't just her eating disorder, she began to fall apart in other ways, which at first we thought were typical early teenage behavior.
- Though outwardly they maintained a facade of happiness, inwardly they began to fall apart.
- Move or turn back; retreat: the enemy fell back into a defensive positionMore example sentences
retreat, withdraw, back off, draw back, pull back, pull away, move away, retire, pull out;turn tail, flee, take flight, beat a (hasty) retreat
- Even a Mercedes falls back to a respectful distance when I rudely pull out in front of it.
- She gave the order to retreat, and everyone started falling back to the forest.
- As the troops fell back, looters on bicycles braved the continuing shellfire.
fall back on
- Have recourse to when in difficulty: they normally fell back on one of three argumentsMore example sentences
resort to, turn to, look to, call on, call into play, call into action, call into service, press into service, have recourse to, make use of, use, employ;rely on, depend on, lean on
- If challenged, however, your only recourse is to fall back on the manufacturer's guarantee.
- It is no longer in existence, so responsibility for the site falls back on to the landowner.
- His teaching degree and a year he spent working as a teacher in Dublin was always going to be something he could fall back on.
- Fail to keep up with one’s competitors: Britain has fallen behind in the space businessMore example sentences
- If they failed to do so, they risked falling behind their competitors and losing their jobs.
- Britain fell behind its major competitors on this measure over a century ago and has steadily slid down the R & D investment charts ever since.
- One theme is Britain's growing awareness of falling behind its competitors, particularly in education, where Germany was the model.
- 5.1Fail to meet a commitment to make a regular payment: borrowers falling behind with their mortgage repaymentsMore example sentences
lag, lag behind, trail, trail behind, be left behind, fall back, drop back, not keep up, lose one's place, not keep pace, bring up the rear;straggle, dally, dawdle, hang back, drag one's feet, take one's timeget into debt, get into arrears, default, be in the red, be late, be overdue;not keep up with
- Council tenants should contact their estate manager immediately if they are falling behind with rent payments as a result of the problems
- If you find that you are falling behind with your bills and worried about how to pay your credit debts, follow these tips.
- Tenants causing a minor nuisances or falling behind with their rent will be issued with a warning.
- Be inadequate or unsuccessful; fail: the deal fell down because there were a lot of unanswered questionsMore example sentences
fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, not make the grade, not come up to expectations, fall short, fall flat, disappoint;miss the mark, run aground, go astray, suffer defeatinformal come a cropper, flop
- Of course, this falls down if surfers fail to double-check the authenticity of a site.
- Dunblane was where the handgun licensing system fell down catastrophically.
- It fell down on information governance, MRSA rates and its stroke unit facilities.
fall for informal
- I'll bet your house is fine, and you probably loved it before you fell for her pool and tennis court.
- He joins a self-help group whose leader, played by Sheila Henderson, falls for him but her love remains unrequited.
- Crystal didn't know what to say. It was hard to accept that this man who she was falling for was in love with her after so little a time.
- You're not expecting us to fall for that a second time are you?
- Let us not fall for cheap tactics and propaganda that are designed to divide us.
- Luckily for its readers, this newspaper would never fall for such cheap tricks.
- Take one’s place in a military formation: the soldiers fell in by the side of the roadMore example sentences
get in formation, get in line, line up, take one's position, get in order, get into rows/columns;Military dressBritish informal form a crocodile
- She followed the captain meekly, and two guards fell in beside her, one on either side.
- A pair of armed guards fell in at a discreet distance as I made my way back to my rooms.
- I set off along that familiar walk toward the workshops, the guards falling in behind me.
fall in with
- It was around this time, while working in a bar to make ends meet, that she fell in with Sims Ellison, bass guitarist with a heavy metal band called Pariah.
- Travelers fall in with bands of thieves regularly, and a Good Samaritan is their only hope of rescue.
- An Essex butcher, Turpin fell in with the wrong sort and became involved with a vicious gang of robbers who preyed on isolated homes.
- That's unacceptable, and I won't fall in with that.
- Not for the first time, the true Scottish patriots turned out not to be those who meekly fell in with Scotland's establishment consensus - but those who opposed it.
- If the action is successful, the implications will be far-reaching, affecting 10 local authorities throughout Scotland and forcing them to adapt their admissions criteria to fall in with European law.
fall on (or upon)
- He raises the knife to his face, then to the girl's neck, and it is in that moment that the other shadow strikes, falling upon the Shadow-man and attacking it with some unseen weapon.
- The Spirit of the Lord falls upon people like Gideon, Samson, and Saul, who then lead armies that fall upon the enemies of God's people.
- Neither flinched when the first attackers fell upon them.
- One of them was seized and crushed like an insect, but others fell upon the beast with renewed fury until it lay dead.
- Then, again, seized with a new idea, he fell upon his notebook and the pencil became alive.
- Albert seized the opportunity instantly, falling on Theo like a bird of prey, bending him back, knife upraised for the final, triumphant killing blow.
- Her gaze fell upon his satchel and she silently walked towards it.
- Their anxious gaze falls on her every time she cries.
- But his joyous expression faded as his gaze fell upon another girl.
- They seemed to be no better off than their subjects, with hair and teeth falling out and sores like burns on bare faces and hands.
- And my hair is falling out, I have sores in my mouth, my teeth ache - my whole body aches!
- He said that his strong character was tested at the upper school when his hair completely fell out, a condition which is believed to be hereditary in the family.
- The two groups fell out over differences in ‘approach,’ which included more than the business plan.
- They're business partners who fell out over a dirty deal.
- The various guardians of the under-aged stars fell out over the money which slowly evaporated into the hands of lawyers.
- Bruiser screamed as his fighter took a salvo of fire from his pursuers and he fell out of formation with Mask and Wheezy.
- The other ships in his group had taken heed of the hull pattern; they were starting to fall out of formation and were reorienting for their escape.
- I made an interphone call to the aft station and got a weary reply from one of the weapons system officers saying it looked like we were falling out of position.
- The subject matter falls out as irrelevant, the different views on the same thing are what it's about.
- I have actually thought about Sweden, which is hardly a hardship post and part of the reason that Sweden is so interesting is because I have a rather fascinating result that falls out of the trust experiments.
- Come to nothing; fail: the project fell through due to lack of moneyMore example sentences
- There were also two attempts to return the girls to their mother but these fell through when she failed to look after them.
- This venture fell through due to difficulties in raising the necessary project financing.
- It leads to pages that are part of an older project that fell through.
- (Of a task) become the duty or responsibility of: it fell to me to write to ShephardMore example sentences
be the responsibility of, be the duty of, be borne by, be one's job, be one's task;come someone's wayfail, be unsuccessful, come to nothing, come to naught, fail to happen, miscarry, abort, go awry, be frustrated, collapse, founder, come to grief;come to a halt, grind to a halt, end, terminateinformal fizzle out, flop, fold, come a cropper, blow up in someone's face, go down like a lead balloon
- Perhaps the hardest task of all falls to Korea, who will open proceedings on Wednesday with a game against the defending world champions.
- Given that the Conservatives and the media cannot finish him off, this task may well fall to the Labour Party itself.
- Last night, this thankless task fell to Richard Wilson, who coped magnificently as one would expect.
- 13.1(Of property) revert to the ownership of: land unclaimed after due notice given falls to the lord of the manorMore example sentences
- He plans on having the cousins fall in love and marry, so that her property will fall to him when Linton dies.
- When this manager died, the property fell to all the children.
- When he dies, the property falls to Hindley, who treats the former favorite as a servant.
Old English fallan, feallan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vallen and German fallen; the noun is partly from the verb, partly from Old Norse fall 'downfall, sin'.
Even in Old English the difference between fall and befall was that the first was used literally while the second was used figuratively in the sense such as ‘happened’. When we say of a disappointed person that his face fell, we are using an expression which was originally a translation from Hebrew: ‘And Cain was very wroth [angry], and his countenance fell.’ If we say of someone who has given up an attempt that they have fallen by the wayside, we are echoing the parable of the sower, told by Jesus to his disciples in St Matthew's Gospel. The person who has stopped trying to achieve something is compared with seed which ‘fell by the wayside’ and was eaten by birds, and therefore produced no crop. The same story gives us an expression for a suggestion which is badly received or ignored: it is said to fall on stony ground. This refers to the seed in the parable which ‘fell on stony places’ and withered. In Christian, Jewish, and Muslim tradition a fallen angel is an angel who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. The devil was the head of the fallen angels. These are largely negative senses, but a more positive expression is found in fall on your feet, used to indicate that you emerge unhurt from a difficult or damaging situation. The reference is to cats, which always seem to land elegantly after a fall or jump.
Words that rhyme with fallall, appal (US appall), awl, Bacall, ball, bawl, befall, Bengal, brawl, call, caul, crawl, Donegal, drawl, drywall, enthral (US enthrall), forestall, gall, Galle, Gaul, hall, haul, maul, miaul, miscall, Montreal, Naipaul, Nepal, orle, pall, Paul, pawl, Saul, schorl, scrawl, seawall, Senegal, shawl, small, sprawl, squall, stall, stonewall, tall, thrall, trawl, wall, waul, wherewithal, withal, yawl
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