Definition of Fall back

1. Verb. Fall backwards and down.

Generic synonyms: Lean Back, Recline



2. Verb. Hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc..
Exact synonyms: Dawdle, Fall Behind, Lag
Generic synonyms: Follow
Specialized synonyms: Drag, Drop Back, Drop Behind, Get Behind, Hang Back, Trail
Derivative terms: Dawdler, Lag, Laggard, Lagger

3. Verb. Move back and away from. "The enemy fell back"
Specialized synonyms: Ebb, Ebb Away, Ebb Down, Ebb Off, Ebb Out
Generic synonyms: Draw Back, Move Back, Pull Away, Pull Back, Recede, Retire, Retreat, Withdraw
Derivative terms: Fallback

4. Verb. Retreat.
Exact synonyms: Drop Off, Fall Behind, Lose, Recede
Generic synonyms: Regress, Retrograde, Retrogress
Antonyms: Gain
Derivative terms: Receding, Recession

5. Verb. Have recourse to. "The government resorted to rationing meat"
Exact synonyms: Recur, Resort
Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize
Derivative terms: Resort, Resort

6. Verb. Go back to bad behavior. "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
Exact synonyms: Lapse, Recidivate, Regress, Relapse, Retrogress
Generic synonyms: Regress, Retrovert, Return, Revert, Turn Back
Derivative terms: Lapse, Recidivism, Relapse, Relapsing

Definition of Fall back

1. Verb. To retreat. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fall Back

fall-offs
fall-out
fall-out shelter
fall-run fish
fall-through
fall-throughs
fall about
fall about the place
fall all over
fall apart
fall armyworm
fall asleep
fall at the final hurdle
fall at the last hurdle
fall away
fall back (current term)
fall back on
fall back upon
fall behind
fall between two stools
fall board
fall by the wayside
fall cankerworm
fall dandelion
fall down
fall equinox
fall flat
fall for

Literary usage of Fall back

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"This division, too, after a desperate and gallant struggle had to fall back. Discovering, on my arrival on the ground, that my command had encountered a ..."

2. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"This division, too, after a desperate and gallant struggle had to fall back. Discovering, on my arrival on the ground, that my command had encountered a ..."

3. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1865)
"The Confederates fall back to Atlanta.—THE BATTLES OF ATLANTA.—Hood's Gallant Defence.— .... The Military Situation in July, 1864.—Grant's Failure. ..."

4. History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France: From the by William Francis Patrick Napier (1842)
"... his junction with Drouet and advances to the succour of the place— Graham and Hill fall back—The bridge of Merida is destroyed—The assault is ordered, ..."

5. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1863)
"... should fall back in * The 88th, whilst still formed in square, was retreating, and the °r'ler to 77th, though extended in line, was also falling back. ..."

6. John L. Stoddard's Lectures by John Lawson Stoddard (1898)
"The head appears to fall back, as in death; and from this lines of snow, like long disheveled silvery tresses, stream in all directions. ..."

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