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fall back on (someone or something)

To depend on someone or something that one has kept in reserve. With all of these medical bills, I just don't have any more money to fall back on. We can fall back on a few other babysitters if Jane can't make it.
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fall back on(to) someone or something

 
1. . Lit. to fallback-wards onto someone or something. She stumbled and fell back onto the lady behind her. She fell back on the couch.
2. Fig. to begin to use someone or something held in reserve. We fell back on our savings to get us through the hardtimes. We had to fall back on our emergency generator.
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fall back on

Also, fall back upon. Rely on, have recourse to, as in I fall back on old friends in time of need, or When he lost his job he had to fall back upon his savings. [Mid-1800s]
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BAGHDAD / NINA / Economist Dergham Mohammed Ali said the threat of Saudi Arabia to raise its oil production to the highest levels and flooding the oil market would fall back upon it first.
The reason for this preference is because "the richer class have many ways of shielding themselves, and stand less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State.
The court found further support for its decision in the fact that, absent the ability to use untainted funds to secure counsel, "these defendants, rendered indigent, would fall back upon publicly paid counsel, including overworked and underpaid public defenders" and that "increasing the government-paid-defender workload [would] render less effective the basic right the Sixth Amendment seeks to protect.
The plurality explained that were the government able to properly seize such untainted assets, thereby depriving an accused person of the ability to retain counsel of their choice, "these defendants, rendered indigent, would fall back upon publicly paid counsel, including overworked and underpaid public defenders.
As Pope Leo XIII admonished in Rerum Novarum: The richer class has many ways of shielding themselves and stands less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State.
His Armagh counterpart Kieran McGeeney has it, with six years of experience with Kildare to fall back upon.
The current state of professional boxing can be gauged by the fact that the sport had to fall back upon two fading stars, well past their prime.
They did not even have a roof over their head and no one else to fall back upon.
The OPEC swing producer Saudi Arabia announced its budget late December with no expenditure cuts, as they have large financial reserves to fall back upon.
Another reason is because civil administrations are not capable of effectively playing their role in rescue and relief operations, the government has to fall back upon military to do the JOB.
With no Ross McCormack to fall back upon following his PS11million summer move to Fulham, the visitors were toothless.
Gold is also seen as a reserve to fall back upon during lean days.
It is known that most of the workers are unable to save and when they lose their jobs or go back home, they have nothing to fall back upon.
But in this case, because this rule is the first one, there is no superseding rule to fall back upon, the Fed pointed out.
What started off as a fairly decent fight to guarantee a woman her rightful place in society, a precedent that could be used to readily fall back upon to ascertain that the country never again used the female gender in the context of the weaker sex; it is sad state of affairs that women do not find themselves in any better position that they were in earlier and continue to fall easy preys to the lustful advances of lecherous males.