fall·​ing-out ˌfȯ-liŋ-ˈau̇t How to pronounce falling-out (audio)
plural fallings-out or falling-outs
: an instance of falling out : quarrel
had a falling-out with his parents

Examples of falling-out in a Sentence

the two friends have been lonely and miserable since they had a falling-out
Recent Examples on the Web The two reportedly had a falling-out due to Dean’s belief that Meek was preventing the advancement of his career. Angel Diaz, Billboard, 8 Apr. 2024 The brothers have been mired in a high-profile falling-out following Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leaving their lives as front-line royals for America while accusing the family of callous treatment. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 15 Mar. 2024 Rose and Kate, formerly close friends, apparently had a falling-out as a result. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 14 Mar. 2024 Others close to both Emanuel and Silver, however, deny any falling-out. Benjamin Svetkey, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Mar. 2024 The 2019 documentary film Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back revealed that Gregory and Maurice had a falling-out and didn't talk for 10 years. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 31 Dec. 2023 Chopra quickly returned the favor, leading to rumors of a falling-out. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 16 Oct. 2023 This came after a minor Twitter beef with Nicki Minaj and amid a falling-out with Calvin Harris. Taffy Brodesser-Akner, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2023 The auditors interviewed an employee who described being subjected by O’Keefe to a two-hour polygraph test to prove his loyalty after the two had a falling-out. Will Sommer, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of falling-out was in 1568

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“Falling-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falling-out. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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plural fallings-out or falling-outs
: quarrel entry 1 sense 2
had a falling-out with his parents
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