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fall·​away ˈfȯl-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce fallaway (audio)
: made while moving away from the basket in basketball
a fallaway jump shot
fallaway noun

fall away

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fell away; fallen away; falling away; falls away

intransitive verb

: to withdraw friendship or support
: to renounce one's faith
: to diminish gradually in size
: to drift off a course

Examples of fallaway in a Sentence

Verb as the years went by, the public's interest in the murder case fell away
Recent Examples on the Web
His fallaway, one-legged jumper at 6-11 is impossible to defend. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2023 And from the driver's seat, the thing looks racy, sporting a short, fallaway hood and sweeping lines (accentuated in the CRX by the roof tapering down behind your head to an impertinent little ducktail). Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, 4 Mar. 2023 In the teams’ first meeting this season, Mahaney nailed a fallaway jumper with less than a second remaining to give the Gaels a 57-56 thriller in Provo. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Feb. 2023 Chamberlain scored on fallaway jump shots, finger-rolls, and dunks. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Mar. 2022 James and Davis made 3-pointers and fallaway jumpers. Bernie Wilson, ajc, 20 Oct. 2021
The Hartford club’s nativist roots were falling away, hinting at the movement’s adaptability. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024 Words don’t fall away and disappear, but form thoughts, shapes, lead separate lives . . . Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 In these illusions, in this startling emptiness, all of life's baggage fell away. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 In that moment, any and all qualms fall away as the only appropriate reaction can be: Bravo. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Other volunteer efforts fall away because people age out or enthusiasm wanes. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2024 The booster exploded moments after falling away, followed shortly by Starship. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 But many of those demands appeared to begin falling away late Tuesday as negotiators zeroed in on a stopgap deal. Marianna Sotomayor, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 Less than a minute before touchdown, one of the engines suddenly lost thrust, and moments later, a down-facing navigation camera caught a glimpse of what appeared to be one of the engine nozzles falling away from the spacecraft. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1936, in the meaning defined above


1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fallaway was in 1535

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“Fallaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallaway. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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