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Definition of fallback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something on which one can fall back : reserve often used attributively a fallback careera fallback position
2 : a falling back : retreat
3 : something that falls back the fallback from an explosion

fall back

fell back; fallen back; falling back; falls back

Definition of fall back (Entry 2 of 2)

fall back on or fall back upon
: to have recourse to had to fall back on their reserves

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fallback

Synonyms: Verb

back away, drop back, pull out, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of fallback in a Sentence


resistance from native forces was greater than expected, and the invading army was forced to fall back

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All the while, the Heat again stand without a true backup point guard on their roster, the only current fallback for a Dragic trade being a fulltime assignment at the position for Justise Winslow. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Doing nothing is not the easy way out for Heat | Commentary," 29 June 2019 JoBros' potential fallback noms include best pop duo/group performance and best pop vocal album for their first album in a decade, Happiness Begins. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Billie Eilish & Finneas Among Several Sets of Siblings Expected to Land 2019 Grammy Noms," 17 June 2019 So, as an antidote to bad times, the Fed’s fallback will be to resume its bond buying program. Larry Light, Fortune, "After Fed’s Rate Cut, “They’re Out of Ammo” to Fight Recession, Say Some," 1 Aug. 2019 Alan Wang, an agent based in Santa Clara, said the Peninsula market has remained steady — with a few standouts and fallbacks. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home sales tumble to recession levels," 26 July 2019 Thankfully, most press dining rooms have a salad bar as a fallback. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Dodgers Dugout: A statistical look at the bullpen; Joe Davis answers your questions," 2 July 2019 Windsor said if new revenue doesn't come through, the city's parking fund would be the fallback. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delays to Milwaukee streetcar extension jeopardize funding source, Barrett administration says," 5 July 2019 Hoops Habit also wrote about how Cory Joseph could make sense for the Suns as a fallback option in free agency. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Cory Joseph rumors: Phoenix Suns interested in free agent point guard," 27 June 2019 There’ll be a tier that goes and then there will be some fallbacks. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls top pick Coby White shows reverence for fellow North Carolina product Michael Jordan: ‘I was kind of scared’," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of fallback


1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fallback was in 1607

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