: to descend freely by the force of gravity
- An apple fell from the tree.
: to hang freely
- her hair falls over her shoulders
: to drop oneself to a lower position
: to come or go as if by falling
- darkness falls early in the winter
: to become born
—usually used of lambs
: to become lower in degree or level
: to drop in pitch or volume
- their voices fell to a whisper
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- wisdom that fell from his lips
: to leave an erect position suddenly and involuntarily
- slipped and fell on the ice
: to drop down wounded or dead;
: to die in battle
- Many men fell on the battlefield.
: to suffer military capture
- after a long siege the city fell
: to lose office
- the party fell from power
: to suffer ruin, defeat, or failure
: to commit an immoral act
: to lose one's chastity
- but man willfully misused his God-given freedom and fell into sin
- —John Hick
: to move or extend in a downward direction
- the land falls away to the east
: to decline in quality, activity, or quantity
: to lose weight
—used with off or away
- The cattle have fallen off badly in the drought.
: to assume a look of shame, disappointment, or dejection
: to decline in financial value or price
: to occur at a certain time
- her birthday falls on a Monday this year
: to come by chance
- a job that fell into his hands
: to come or pass by lot, assignment, or inheritance : devolve
- it fell to him to break the news
: to have a certain or proper position, place, or station
- the accent falls on the second syllable
: to come within the limits, scope, or jurisdiction of something
- this word falls into the class of verbs
: to pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind or a new state or condition
: to set about heartily or actively
fall all over oneself
fall over oneself
fall over backward
: to display great or excessive eagerness
- Fans were falling all over themselves trying to get the basketball star's autograph.
: to succumb to mental or emotional stress : break down
- She began to fall apart when her son was imprisoned.
: to lag behind
- The slower hikers fell behind the group.
: to be in arrears
- He fell behind in his car payments.
fall between two stools
: to fail because of inability to choose between or reconcile two alternative or conflicting courses of action
: to produce no response or result
: to fall in love with
- He fell for her the moment he saw her.
: to become a victim of
fall from grace
: to lose acceptance or good reputation
- The governor fell from grace when he was accused of tax fraud.
: to curve inward
—used of the timbers or upper parts of a ship's side
fall into line
: to comply with a certain course of action
- The company fell into line with the new regulations.
fall on one's face
: to fail utterly
- the movie fell on its face at the box office
fall on one's sword
: to sacrifice one's pride or position
- The coach fell on his sword apologizing for the team's poor season.
: to be deficient
- The expedition's supplies began to fall short.
: to fail to attain something (such as a goal or target)
- The results fell short of expectations.