fall down


fell down; fallen down; falling down; falls down

intransitive verb

: to fail to meet expectations or requirements
fell down on the job

Examples of fall down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An employee at a warehouse in Philadelphia died after falling down an elevator shaft Friday morning. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 24 Nov. 2023 The nylon and elastane material is also comfortable on your skin, and the racer back style keeps the adjustable straps from falling down. Courtney Leiva, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Within hours, many homes had fallen down the canyon slope, their roofs caved in and foundations destroyed. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 By the end, the production seems to be working extra hard to keep the show’s seductiveness level from sinking, pumping in the odd flicker of magic whenever the score falls down on the job of bewitchment. Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 There’s no way of faking, for example, falling down stairs. Zack Sharf, Variety, 24 Oct. 2023 Nancy Sampson, 61, fell down a steep cliff at Glassmine Falls Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at around 12:15 p.m. Reems Creek Fire Department on Saturday Reems Creek Firefighters responded to a fatal fall from a cliff on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2023 Authorities received a call Saturday afternoon about a woman who had fallen down a cliff at Glassmine Falls Overlook, located on the scenic National Parkway, the National Park Service said in a news release. Fabiana Chaparro, CNN, 25 Sep. 2023 Sullivan shoots his stun gun at Woods, who falls down and is seen with a bloody face. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fall down was in 1873

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“Fall down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%20down. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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