fall back on
or fall back upon phrasal to have recourse to <
had to fall back on their reserves
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fall\ back\ on — • fall back on • fall back upon v 1. To retreat to. The enemy made a strong attack, and the soldiers fell back on the fort. 2. To go for help to; turn to in time of need. When the big bills for Mother s hospital care came, Joe was glad he had… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fall back on — (something) to depend on something after a loss or failure. The family has no savings to fall back on. I fell back on skills I had learned years ago when I had to earn a living for myself …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall back on — ► fall back on have recourse to when in difficulty. Main Entry: ↑fall …   English terms dictionary

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  • fall back on — RESORT TO, turn to, look to, call on, have recourse to; rely on, depend on, lean on. → fall * * * phrasal or fall back upon 1. : to retreat to (a stronger position) 2. : to have recourse to …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall back on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms fall back on : present tense I/you/we/they fall back on he/she/it falls back on present participle falling back on past tense fell back on past participle fallen back on fall back on something to use or do… …   English dictionary

  • fall back on — or[fall back upon] v. 1. To retreat to. * /The enemy made a strong attack, and the soldiers fell back on the fort./ 2. To go for help to; turn to in time of need. * /When the big bills for Mother s hospital care came, Joe was glad he had money in …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall back on — or[fall back upon] v. 1. To retreat to. * /The enemy made a strong attack, and the soldiers fell back on the fort./ 2. To go for help to; turn to in time of need. * /When the big bills for Mother s hospital care came, Joe was glad he had money in …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall back on — PHRASAL VERB If you fall back on something, you do it or use it after other things have failed. [V P P n] Unable to defeat him by logical discussion, she fell back on her old habit of criticizing his speech... [V P P n] When necessary, instinct… …   English dictionary

  • fall back on — /ˌfɔ:l bæk ɒn/ verb to have to use something kept for emergencies ● to fall back on cash reserves ● The management fell back on the usual old excuses …   Marketing dictionary in english

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