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fall away

 (from someone or something)
1. Lit. [for something] to drop away from someone or something. The paint is falling away from the sides of the house. Over the years, all the paint fell away.
2. Fig. [for someone] to move back or retreat from someone or something. The soldiers fell away from the line of battle.
3. Fig. to distance oneself from someone; to end an association with someone. The candidate's supporters fell away from her when they heard about the scandal.
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fall away

1. Also, fall off. Withdraw one's friendship, support, or allegiance. For example, After the divorce, her friends slowly fell away. [Early 1500s]
2. Also, fall off. Gradually decline in size or strength, as in The breeze slowly fell away, or, as Shakespeare put it ( King Lear, 1:2): "Love cools, friendship falls off, Brothers divide." [Early 1500s]
3. Drift from an established faith, cause, or principles. For example, I fell away from the Catholic Church when I was a teenager. [Early 1500]
See also: away, fall

fall away

v.
1. To become gradually diminished in size, amount, or intensity: Company revenues have been falling away in recent years. The sound of the car fell away into the distance.
2. To drift off an established course or pattern: I slowly fell away from my work in chemistry and spent more time writing fiction.
3. To be shed, lost, or discarded: Before we knew it, the summer days had fallen away. As I exercised, inches fell away from my waistline.
4. To drop off or become steeper at a distance: The road falls away just past the meadow.
See also: away, fall
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Also, since the arrow rest prongs fall away during the shot cycle, you can use more helical and or larger fletching.
Also, nock-to-fletch orientation is not as critical when using a fall away arrow rest.
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The most important part of using a fall away rest is the timing in which the arrow rest arms fall away.
That's one reason why I like the Trophy Taker fall away rest.
The potential weak link of a fall away arrow rest is the string that attaches from the launcher arm to the bow's bus cable.
Besides the linkage, one of the very few drawbacks to fall away rests is the noise they make during the shot cycle.
If you do, the fall away rest won't drop far enough.
There is one more finishing touch that makes fall away rests more accurate.
The leaves will fall away, leaving the tree vulnerable to disease.
Some writers are in good grace for a time and then they fall away for a time.
95) provides plenty of moist fish smothered in a lively hot bean sauce, chunks of the denizen ready to fall away from the bone, having been sensibly cut on the bias before cooking.