1. Break into pieces
That chair is so old, it looks like it’ll fall apart if anyone sits on it.
2. Become emotionally upset and incapable of behaving normally
After Tanya lost her job and her husband left her, she completely fell apart.
Retreat (especially in the case of an army)
The general ordered the soldiers to fall back to a safer location.
Fall back on
Have the option to use something if other plans are not successful.
If I don’t get this job, I still have my freelance work to fall back on.
Not make sufficient progress to stay on schedule.
We fell behind on the project and finished it ten days late.
Fall down / fall over
When a person or structure falls to the ground.
The skaters fell down in the middle of their performance.
The ladder fell over when he tried to climb it.
1. Fall in love, develop a romantic attraction to someone
I think I’m falling for Jeremy – I just can’t stop thinking about him!
2. Believe a lie or a story that is false
Vivian told the teacher that she missed class because her dog was sick – and the teacher fell for it.
When something detaches from a bigger object.
My glasses fell off when I bent down to pick up the paper from the floor.
1. To fall out of some enclosed space (a box, a basket, a car, a train)
Excuse me – is this your wallet? It fell out of your pocket.
2. To have an argument with someone and then be angry with each other
John left the company after falling out with his business partner.
Note: You can also say “have a fallout” – or “have a falling out” – “I had a falling out with my best friend, and now she’s not speaking to me.”
Be unsuccessful (usually used with “plans”)
We were going to travel to Russia, but our plans fell through because we couldn’t get a visa.
Quiz: Phrasal Verbs with FALL
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The Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course will teach you 500 common phrasal verbs in the context of everyday dialogues.
By listening to and reading the conversations, you’ll understand how each phrasal verb is used in spoken English – and there are plenty of quizzes and exercises for you to practice using the phrasal verbs in your own English.