HyperDic: fall_back

English > 6 senses of the expression fall back:
VERBmotionfall backfall backwards and down
motionfall back, lag, dawdle, fall behindhang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
motionfall backmove back and away from
competitionfall back, drop off, fall behind, recederetreat
socialfall back, resort, recurhave recourse to
bodyfall back, relapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogressgo back to bad behavior
English > fall back: 6 senses > verb 1, motion
Meaningfall backwards and down.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Broaderlean back, reclineMove the upper body backwards and down
English > fall back: 6 senses > verb 2, motion
Meaninghang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc..
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Synonymslag, dawdle, fall behind
Narrowerdrag, trail, get behind, hang back, drop behind, drop backTo lag or linger behind
BroaderfollowTo travel behind, go after, come after
See alsofallPass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind
Spanishquedarse atrás, retrasarse
English > fall back: 6 senses > verb 3, motion
Meaningmove back and away from.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Something is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s PP
Narrowerebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb out, ebb offFlow back or recede
Broaderwithdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move backpull back or move away or backward
Spanishalejarse, apartarse
Catalanallunyar-se, apartar-se, retirar-se, retrocedir
Nounsfallbackto break off a military action with an enemy / enemy
English > fall back: 6 senses > verb 4, competition
Meaningretreat.
PatternSomebody ----s
Synonymsdrop off, fall behind, recede
Broaderregress, retrograde, retrogressget worse or fall back to a previous condition
See alsofallPass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind
Oppositegain, advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain groundObtain advantages, such as points, etc.
Spanishabandonar, perder, replegarse, retirarse, retroceder
English > fall back: 6 senses > verb 5, social
MeaningHave recourse to.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsresort, recur
Broaderuse, utilize, utilise, apply, employput into service
Spanishrecurrir
Catalanrecórrer
English > fall back: 6 senses > verb 6, body
MeaningGo back to bad behavior.
PatternSomebody ----s
Synonymsrelapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress
Broaderrevert, return, retrovert, regress, turn backGo back to a previous state
Spanishreincidir
Catalanreincidir

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