fallback

noun fall·back \ ˈfȯl-ˌbak \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of fallback

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

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First Known Use of fallback

1851


fall back

verb

Definition of fall back

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

Examples of fall back in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of fall back

1607


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