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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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"If there is no alternative left, the government will have to fall back upon the ordinance route," Joshi stated.
He advised them to arm themselves with lawyers and consultants, and to ensure they have the proper support structure to fall back upon in the event of backlash or complications.
As the US military marks another lackluster year in a land where it has shed blood, mostly faceless Afghanis and Pakistanis, for nearly two decades, it continues to fall back upon an old screed, that of Vietnam.
So much has been said about how the PTI had to ultimately fall back upon support from the inexplicably wily Asif Zardari.
Jamie Beagent, of Leigh Day, said: "If their compensation scheme falls short, is overly crude, doesn't take into account individual factors, then our clients will be able to fall back upon legal action to get the compensation they deserve.
'Time is running out and it is high time to act before nothing is left to fall back upon, 'warned renowned economist Dr.Hafeez Pasha.Thre is no rocket science, he said, to understand that this time around business as usual will not help overcome serious emerging challenges.'I can very well anticipate that our foreign exchange reserves could slide to $ 7.8 billion by the end of June 2018,as such, it would be insufficient for just six weeks of import', he cautioned.'Under these precarious circumstances, floating $1to 2 billion Euro/Sukuk Bonds would not be enough, therefore I suggest taking remedial measures including increasing exports to avoid a major financial disaster,' he added.
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.
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.
Thus, writes Leo, "Civil society exists for the common good, and hence is concerned with the interests of all in general, albeit with individual interests also in their due place and degree." (3) Concerning these individual interests, and while doing justice to formal justice, Leo writes, "when there is question of defending the rights of individuals, the poor and badly off have a claim to especial consideration." 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." (4)
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."
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.
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. It was a 'do or die' situation.