fall back
intransitive verb Date: 1607 retreat, recede

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fall back — {v.} To move back; go back. Usually used with a group as subject. * /The army fell back before their stubborn enemies./ * /The crowd around the hurt boy fell back when someone shouted Give him air! / Compare: DROP BACK, GIVE WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall back — {v.} To move back; go back. Usually used with a group as subject. * /The army fell back before their stubborn enemies./ * /The crowd around the hurt boy fell back when someone shouted Give him air! / Compare: DROP BACK, GIVE WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall back — [v] retreat back, draw back, give back, recede, recoil, retire, retrocede, retrograde, surrender, withdraw, yield; concept 195 Ant. forge, forward, progress …   New thesaurus

  • fall back — ► fall back retreat. Main Entry: ↑fall …   English terms dictionary

  • fall-back — fallˈ back adjective Used as a retreat, or second alternative (also noun) • • • Main Entry: ↑fall …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall back — index regress, relapse, retire (retreat), retreat Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fall back — v. 1) (D; intr.) to fall back into (to fall back into an easy chair) 2) (D; intr.) to fall back on, to (the troops fell back to their defensive positions) * * * [ fɔːl bæk] to (the troops fell back to their defensive positions) (D; intr.) to fall …   Combinatory dictionary

  • fall back — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms fall back : present tense I/you/we/they fall back he/she/it falls back present participle falling back past tense fell back past participle fallen back 1) to move so that you are behind someone or something… …   English dictionary

  • fall back — UK US fall back Phrasal Verb with fall({{}}/fɔːl/ verb (fell, fallen) ► to become lower in value or amount, especially after getting higher: »Stocks rallied in the first hour of trading only to fall back sharply by noon …   Financial and business terms

  • fall back — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you fall back, you move backwards a short distance away from someone or something. [V P] He fell back in embarrassment when he saw that Ross had no hair at all... [V P from n] The congregation fell back from them slightly as… …   English dictionary

  • fall back — the troops were ordered to fall back Syn: retreat, withdraw, back off, draw back, pull back, pull away, move away …   Thesaurus of popular words

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