fallaway

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adjective

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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verb

fell away; fallen away; falling away; falls away

intransitive verb

1
a
: to withdraw friendship or support
b
: to renounce one's faith
2
a
: to diminish gradually in size
b
: to drift off a course

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Example Sentences

Verb as the years went by, the public's interest in the murder case fell away
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Adjective
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

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fallaway was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Fallaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallaway. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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