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fall down

1. To drop or fall from a particular place or height. Lucy fell down at the playground and scraped her knee. One of the picture frames fell down last night—that was the noise you heard.
2. To fail to do something adequately or as expected. Often used in the phrase "fall down on the job." He's a really bright young man, but time management is one area where he really tends to fall down. Jeez, what a glaring mistake. It looks like someone fell down on the job.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fall down

to drop or topple. The baby fell down. Walk carefully on this ice or you will fall down.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fall down

Fail to meet expectations; lag in performance. For example, It was disappointing to see him fall down on the job. This expression transfers a literal drop to a figurative one. [Second half of 1800s]
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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.

fall down

v.
To drop or tip over: I slipped on the ice and fell down the steps. A lot of trees fell down during the hurricane.
See also: down, fall
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.
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"I am satisfied that Billy did not black out at the top of the stairs but fell down by accident by being unsteady on his feet," Mr Woolley said.
After reversing his cab on to the trailer, he was checking the vehicle when he fell down an unguarded and unlit stairwell.
The Alan Bailey-trained gelding, having his second outing and wearing blinkers for the first time, fell down a steep bank before running loose for several minutes on the adjoining golf course.
The man fell down on the platform while trying to board a running local train.
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The family members fell down, the bull as well as the cart collapsed and the family also received electric shocks.
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The former mayor of Milaor town in Camarines Sur province died after the car he was in crashed into a road steel barrier and fell down the hill at the Andaya National highway in Ragay town early morning Monday, police said.
Several supporters of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Monday fall prey of a billboard, which fell down at the venue of PPP public meeting.
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Matthew Walters, 34, was with Jack Russell Buster when he fell down the hole in a gravel lay-by in Dunsley Road, Stourbridge.