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Learner's definition of FALL  
[no object]
: to come or go down quickly from a high place or position
   b : to come or go down suddenly from a standing position— often + down or over
   c : to let yourself come or go down to a lower position
: to come down at a particular place after moving through the air— often + on— sometimes used figuratively
   b : to slope downward— usually + away
   c : to hang down
: to become lower
   b : to become less— often + off
   c : to lose value: to suffer a decline in prices
   d : to become less loud
of a glance or the eyes : to become lowered
   b of the face : to begin to look ashamed or disappointed
of night or darkness : to arrive or begin
: to be wounded or killed in battle
   b : to be captured or defeated
   c : to experience ruin or failure
: to happen at a specified time
   b — used when something (such as a responsibility) comes or passes to someone in a way that does not involve choice
   c : to have a specified proper place
: to belong in a particular category or range
— used when someone's body or mind passes from one condition or state to another
   b — used when something passes to a different and usually a less active or less desirable state or condition
10 : to start doing something in a very active and energetic way— + to

(as) easy as falling off a log

— see 1easy

fall afoul of

— see afoul of

fall (all) over yourself

: to be very eager or too eager

fall apart

[phrasal verb]
: to break into parts in usually a sudden and unexpected way
◊ Something that is falling apart is in very bad condition.
— often used figuratively
: to become unable to live in a normal way because you are experiencing a lot of confusion or emotional pain

fall away

[phrasal verb]
: to become gradually less: to disappear gradually

fall back

[phrasal verb]
: to move back away from something dangerous or threatening
fall back on (something) also fall back upon (something) : to use (something) for help or protection when you are in a bad situation

fall behind

[phrasal verb]
: to fail to move or go forward as quickly as others
: to fail to do something as quickly as planned or required— often + with— often + on

fall down on the job

: to do a job badly

fall flat

: to produce no response or result

fall for

[phrasal verb]
fall for (someone) : to feel a strong attraction for (someone): to fall in love with (someone)
fall for (something) : to be fooled by (something, such as a trick)

fall foul of

— see 1foul

fall from grace

— see 1grace

fall in

[phrasal verb]
: to break apart and fall down in an inward direction
: to take your place in a military formation
— compare fall out (below)

fall in/into line

: to start to do what you are told or required to do

fall in love, fall out of love

— see 1love

fall into

[phrasal verb]
: to be caught in (a trap)
: to begin to do or experience (something) or to be affected by (something) without wanting or trying to

fall into place

: to fit together: to make sense

fall into step

— see 1step

fall into the hands of

: to come to be held or possessed by (someone)

fall into the wrong hands

: to come to be held or possessed by the wrong person or group

fall into your lap

— see 1lap

fall in with

[phrasal verb]
fall in with (someone) : to begin to spend time with (someone)
fall in with (something) : to accept and act in agreement with (something)

fall off

[phrasal verb]
: to stop being attached to something
— see also 1fall 3b (above)

fall on/upon

[phrasal verb]
fall on/upon (something) 
: to begin to experience (something): to meet with (an experience)
   b : to notice (something) especially without wanting or trying to
fall on/upon (someone) : to attack (someone) suddenly

fall on deaf ears

— see 1ear

fall on your feet

— see 1foot

fall out

[phrasal verb]
of a tooth or hair : to stop being attached to the body
: to have an argument
— see also falling-out
: to leave your place in a military formation
— compare fall in (above)

fall over backward

— see 1backward

fall prey to

— see 1prey

fall short

: to fail to be as good or successful as expected or hoped for— often + of
: to fail to reach a goal— often + of

fall through

[phrasal verb]
: to fail or stop in a sudden or final way

fall through/between the cracks

— see 2crack

fall through the net

— see 1net

fall to pieces

— see 1piece

fall under

[phrasal verb]
fall under (something) 
: to be influenced or affected by (something)

fall victim to

— see victim

let the chips fall where they may

— see 1chip
Learner's definition of FALL  
[count] : the act of falling: such as
: the act of coming or going down from a high position or from a standing position
   b : the act of becoming lower
US : the season between summer and winter: the season when leaves fall from trees
: autumn
— often used before another noun
[count] : a decrease in the size, amount, degree, activity, or value of something
[singular] : loss of power or greatness
   b [singular] : the surrender or capture of a place that is being attacked
   c [singular] : loss of innocence or goodness
   d the Fall : the event in the Bible when Adam and Eve are forced to leave the Garden of Eden because they have sinned against God
[count] : an area on a river or stream where water runs steeply downward— usually plural

be riding for a fall

— see 1ride

fall from grace

— see 1grace
— see also free fallwindfall
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