fall back

Primary Meanings of fall back

1.
v
fall backwards and down
2.
v
move back and away from
3.
v
go back to bad behavior
4.
v
hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
5.
v
have recourse to
Full Definitions of fall back
1

v fall backwards and down

Type of:
lean back, recline
move the upper body backwards and down
2

v move back and away from

“The enemy fell back
Types:
ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out
flow back or recede
Type of:
draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
pull back or move away or backward

v retreat

Synonyms:
drop off, fall behind, lose, recede
Antonyms:
advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
Type of:
regress, retrograde, retrogress
get worse or fall back to a previous condition
3

v go back to bad behavior

Synonyms:
lapse, recidivate, regress, relapse, retrogress
Type of:
regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back
go back to a previous state
4

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

Synonyms:
dawdle, fall behind, lag
Types:
drag, drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back, trail
to lag or linger behind
Type of:
follow
to travel behind, go after, come after
5

v have recourse to

Synonyms:
recur, resort
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

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