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English verb: fall back

1. fall back (motion) fall backwards and down

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)lean back, recline

2. fall back (motion) hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

Synonymsdawdle, fall behind, lag

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)follow

Narrower (hyponym)drag, drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back, trail

3. fall back (motion) move back and away from

SamplesThe enemy fell back.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out

4. fall back (competition) retreat

Synonymsdrop off, fall behind, lose, recede

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)regress, retrograde, retrogress

Antonymsgain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win, gain, advance

5. fall back (social) have recourse to

SamplesThe government resorted to rationing meat.

Synonymsrecur, resort

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

6. fall back (body) go back to bad behavior

SamplesThose who recidivate are often minor criminals.

Synonymslapse, recidivate, regress, relapse, retrogress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back

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