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fall back

to move back from something; to retreat from something. The gang members fell back, and I took that opportunity to get away. The troops fell back to regroup.
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fall back

1. Give ground, retreat, as in The troops fell back before the relentless enemy assault, or He stuck to his argument, refusing to fall back. [c. 1600]
2. Recede, as in The waves fell back from the shore. [c. 1800]
See also: back, fall

fall back

v.
1. To give ground; retreat: After an unsuccessful attempt to retake the city, the soldiers fell back.
2. To recede: The waves fell back, leaving frothy white bubbles on the sand.
3. fall back on To use something as a substitute or backup: If we run out of cash, we will have to fall back on the money in our savings account.
4. fall back on To rely on someone or something for support: At least I can fall back on my friends in times of need.
See also: back, fall

fall back

on/upon
1. To rely on: fall back on old friends in time of need.
2. To resort to: I had to fall back on my savings when I was unemployed.
See also: back, fall
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Guests who book the two-night Fall Back in Time package receive the third night for $60 per person.
The second batch of material could have taken longer to fall back, either because it came from deeper layers of the Jovian atmosphere or because it originated from the comet, Crisp notes.
What's easiest for me is to fall back into myself, fall back into the songs, the emotions that caused me to write this song, and feed off that - become a martyr for the music and be devoured on stage,'' she says.
She recommends that parents encourage small children to go to bed alone and to fall back asleep without waking the rest of the household.
Fuel prices hit record highs in Los Angeles on Thursday but experts offered hopeful predictions they would soon fall back.
It is part of his explanation of why a supernova explosion doesn't fall back on itself, and it involves the magnetic field of the pulsar that may form inside the supernova.
The other ESPN ``Dream Job'' finalist with a Southern California connection at least has a few other things to fall back on if he doesn't win tonight's contest.
PALMDALE - It's bound to happen over and over this year when the Palmdale High girls' volleyball team is playing or practicing: Junior outside hitter Kristy Nua will leap high for a kill, hit the ball, then brace herself for the fall back to the floor.
The true test lies in whether an organization can learn from this experience and move forward rather than fall back into its old habits," Mr.
Flower petals that fall back into the leaves cause the leaves to rot before they have finished making food for next year's bulbs.
When that happens, everything tends to fall back into place because we're playing for higher stakes.
Using a mulching mower to mow without a bag allows the clippings to fall back into the lawn; this provides lawns with a natural fertilizer, and saves water and time.