fall line

noun

Definition of fall line

1 : a line joining the waterfalls on numerous rivers that marks the point where each river descends from the upland to the lowland and the limit of the navigability of each river
2 : the natural downhill course (as for skiing) between two points on a slope

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And this year, Dunkin’ Donuts beat Starbucks by a week, introducing its fall line of drinks and baked goods on Aug. 21. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte returns Tuesday (along with a new drink)," 27 Aug. 2019 That falling line represents millions fewer abortions: Put simply, the pro-life movement is one of the most successful cultural movements in American history. David French, National Review, "In a Post-Roe World, Pro-Lifers Would Still Have a Lot of Work Left to Do," 19 July 2019 Many compare it to the fashion industry: clubs cannot afford, in June and July, to be coming up with their fall lines now. Rory Smith, New York Times, "When the World’s Greatest Soccer Players Gather, Scouts Stay Away," 5 July 2018 These Zoe drones—which can carry 26 lbs, fly for 40 minutes, and cost around $15,000 each—can spot fallen lines and thread those lines through the poles, saving volunteers lots of time and money. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Helping Restore Power in Puerto Rico," 5 Mar. 2018 Skiers use the bumps to make sharp turns while keeping to a fall line. Magan Crane, The Seattle Times, "What to watch from Pyeongchang — Day 3," 11 Feb. 2018 There is a fall line at the end that is used as a judging mark. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "A Rookie's Guide to Ski Jumping at the 2018 Winter Olympics," 6 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of fall line

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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