fall·​off | \ ˈfȯl-ˌȯf How to pronounce falloff (audio) \

Definition of falloff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a decline especially in quantity or quality a falloff in exports a falloff of light intensity

fall off

fell off; fallen off; falling off; falls off

Definition of fall off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

2 of a ship : to deviate to leeward of the point to which the bow was directed

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Examples of falloff in a Sentence


the falloff in sales was more than the store could weather and so its closing was inevitable


the coastline falls off toward the north after you round the bay

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The postsurgical prescribing falloff seen in Michigan does not likely reflect a broader trend, especially where there is less emphasis on such guidelines. Juliet Appleby, Los Angeles Times, "Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits, but progress comes in small doses," 16 Aug. 2019 The falloff, which is being felt broadly across the economy, stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate toward Chinese investment, as well as Beijing’s tightened limits on foreign spending. Alan Rappeport, BostonGlobe.com, "Chinese money in the US dries up as trade war drags on," 21 July 2019 That weakness reflected a sharp falloff in orders for commercial aircraft, a category that has been hurt by the troubles with Boeing’s MAX aircraft, which has been grounded by global regulators after two fatal crashes. Washington Post, "US durable goods orders fall 1.3% in May with aircraft down," 26 June 2019 Similar stories of black falloff and white conservative surges unfolded in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, among others. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Will Donald Trump’s ‘go back’ racial strategy backfire?," 2 Aug. 2019 Some economists, however, say the falloff in business spending for equipment and buildings is part of a cyclical slowdown and not an underlying threat to growth. Los Angeles Times, "Fed cuts interest rate for first time since 2008, adopting risky new strategy," 31 July 2019 Fraga said the falloff was disproportionately among younger and male voters. Washington Post, "2020 election to test if Dems can draw multiracial coalition," 26 July 2019 The majority off the falloff occurred in the city, which is 80% black. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "As Democrats descend on Detroit for presidential debate, black voters offer a warning: Don’t take us for granted," 28 July 2019 The recent study by Mr. Shapiro’s consulting firm took several factors into account, including the falloff in online advertising efficiency when people opt out of data collection. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech’s Grip on Your Data," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of falloff


1789, in the meaning defined above


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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