fall through/between the cracks

idiom
variants: also slip through/between the cracks
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fall through/between the cracks

: to fail to be noticed, assisted, or included with others
  • Parents are concerned that children who have trouble in school will fall through the cracks in the school system.
  • The program is meant to help workers who may have slipped through the cracks because of their age.

Word by Word Definitions

fall play
  1. : to descend freely by the force of gravity

  2. : to hang freely

  3. : to drop oneself to a lower position

  1. : the act of falling by the force of gravity

  2. : a falling out, off, or away : dropping

  3. : the season when leaves fall from trees : autumn

  1. : of, relating to, or suitable for autumn

crack play cracks
  1. : to make a very sharp explosive sound

  2. : to break, split, or snap apart

  3. : fail: such as

  1. : a loud roll or peal

  2. : a sudden sharp noise

  3. : a sharp witty remark : quip

  1. : of superior excellence or ability


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