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1. verb Literally, to drop or tumble out of something. My phone fell out of my bag last night, and I couldn't find it in the dark.
2. verb To occur, result, or arise. What fell out of your meeting with the boss?
3. verb To leave a particular place, often in a military formation. All right troops, fall out! I have to be up at 6 AM tomorrow, so it's time for me to fall out.
4. verb To be revealed, often unexpectedly or by accident. In our meeting, it fell out that she's planning to resign soon—can you believe it?
5. verb To have one's relationship with someone completely diminished, typically due to an argument or unpleasant incident. Apparently, Gina fell out with Dave last week, and now they're not talking to each other at all.
6. verb Of teeth, to loosen and fall from one's gums. My daughter is so excited that her two front teeth have fallen out.
7. noun The results or consequences of something. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. I suspect their displeasure is the fallout from last week's meeting about limiting vacation time, sir.
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fall out (with someone) (over something)and fall out (with someone) (about someone or something)
to quarrel or disagree with someone about something. Tony fell out with Nick about the video game. Bill fell out with Sally over the question of buying a new car. Bill fell out with John about who would sleep on the bottom bunk.
1. to happen; to result. As things fell out, we had a wonderful trip. What fell out of our discussion was a decision to continue.
2. to leave one's place in a formation when dismissed. (Usually in scouting or the military. The opposite of fall in.) The scouts fell out and ran to the campfire. All the soldiers fell out and talked among themselves.
3. to depart. It's late, George. I have to fall out. Let's fall out. I have to get up early in the morning.
(of something) to topple out of something. Mary fell out of the tree and hurt herself.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Leave one's place in military ranks, as in After inspection they were ordered to fall out. [First half of 1800s]
2. Also, have a falling-out. Disagree, quarrel, as in The brothers fell out over their inheritance, or They no longer speak-they had a falling-out some years ago. [First half of 1500s]
3. Happen, result, as in Let us know how it falls out in the end. [Second half of 1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To drop from something: I accidentally knocked my toolbox over and all of my nails fell out.
2. To come out of place. Used of teeth: When I was 12, my last baby tooth fell out. If you don't get your cavity filled, your tooth will fall out!
3. To occur as a natural consequence; turn out: These results fall out directly from the experimental evidence.
4. To come or be revealed to be known, especially by chance: Over the course of their conversation, it fell out that they had all once lived in Chicago.
5. To break a relationship or form a negative relationship as a result of a dispute: The siblings fell out over the inheritance. The law firm was disbanded after the partners fell out.
6. fall out with To break a relationship or form a negative relationship with someone: After John fell out with Alice, they sold their house.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
in. to depart. (Probably from the military command meaning disperse.) Let’s fall out. I have to get up early in the morning.
n. the results of something; the flack from something. The fallout from this afternoon’s meeting was not as serious as some expected.
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