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

Noun the falloff in sales was more than the store could weather and so its closing was inevitable Verb the coastline falls off toward the north after you round the bay
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The falloff has been especially steep among mainlanders, who made up more than three-quarters of the 65 million people arriving here last year. BostonGlobe.com, "HONG KONG — It was the second day of Golden Week, usually one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping periods, and Matthew Tam and his co-workers at a jewelry store were looking as lonely as a band of Maytag repairmen, surrounded by display cases of luxury watches with nary a customer in sight.," 14 Oct. 2019 The falloff has been especially steep among mainlanders, who made up more than three-quarters of the 65 million people arriving here last year. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "With No End to Unrest in Sight, Hong Kong’s Economic Pain Deepens," 13 Oct. 2019 Josh Lehner with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis noted the falloff in new jobless claims in a report earlier this month. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Jobless claims fall amid renewed strength in the labor market," 29 Dec. 2019 The falloff starkly contrasts Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott’s first three seasons in the NFL. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Underachieving Cowboys have not won a game all season in which it trailed at halftime," 28 Dec. 2019 The defensive falloff runs concurrent with a dip in possession time on offense. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's 4th-quarter breakdowns a big reason for downturn," 19 Nov. 2019 All, apart from Parkes and Adams, are not starting against Uruguay, and Edwards doesn’t expect a similar falloff. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Welsh defense keen to improve against Uruguay at World Cup," 12 Oct. 2019 While the Trump administration is bringing fewer cases, the falloff is part of a longer trend that started in the Obama years. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "White-collar crime prosecutions hit lowest level in 33 years," 26 Sep. 2019 The majority of the falloff occurred in the city, which is 80% black. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Lightfoot’s warning on Trump’s tweets, drownings in Lake Michigan are way up and other things to know to start your day," 30 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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16 Jan 2020

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“Falloff.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fell%20off. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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