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  1. Albert Bacon,1861–1944, U.S. politician: senator 1912–21; secretary of the Interior 1921–23; convicted in Teapot Dome scandal.


  1. the Fall theol Adam’s sin of disobedience and the state of innate sinfulness ensuing from this for himself and all mankindSee also original sin

verb falls, falling, fell (fɛl) or fallen (ˈfɔːlən) (mainly intr)

  1. to descend by the force of gravity from a higher to a lower place
  2. to drop suddenly from an erect position
  3. to collapse to the ground, esp in pieces
  4. to become less or lower in number, quality, etcprices fell in the summer
  5. to become lower in pitch
  6. to extend downwardsher hair fell to her waist
  7. to be badly wounded or killed
  8. to slope in a downward direction
  9. Christianity to yield to temptation or sin
  10. to diminish in status, estimation, etc
  11. to yield to attackthe city fell under the assault
  12. to lose powerthe government fell after the riots
  13. to pass into or take on a specified conditionto fall asleep; fall in love
  14. to adopt a despondent expressionher face fell
  15. to be avertedher gaze fell
  16. to come by chance or presumptionsuspicion fell on the butler
  17. to occur; take placenight fell; Easter falls early this year
  18. (of payments) to be due
  19. to be directed to a specific point
  20. (foll by back, behind, etc) to move in a specified direction
  21. to occur at a specified placethe accent falls on the last syllable
  22. (foll by to) to return (to); be inherited (by)the estate falls to the eldest son
  23. (often foll by into, under, etc) to be classified or includedthe subject falls into two main areas
  24. to issue fortha curse fell from her lips
  25. (of animals, esp lambs) to be born
  26. British dialect to become pregnant
  27. (tr) Australian and NZ dialect to fell (trees)
  28. cricket (of a batsman’s wicket) to be taken by the bowling sidethe sixth wicket fell for 96
  29. archaic to begin to dofall a-doing; fall to doing
  30. fall flat to fail to achieve a desired effect
  31. fall foul of
    1. to come into conflict with
    2. nauticalto come into collision with
  32. fall short
    1. to prove inadequate
    2. (often foll by of)to fail to reach or measure up to (a standard)


  1. an act or instance of falling
  2. something that fallsa fall of snow
  3. mainly US autumn
  4. the distance that something fallsa hundred-foot fall
  5. a sudden drop from an upright position
  6. (often plural)
    1. a waterfall or cataract
    2. (capital when part of a name)Niagara Falls
  7. a downward slope or decline
  8. a decrease in value, number, etc
  9. a decline in status or importance
  10. a moral lapse or failing
  11. a capture or overthrowthe fall of the city
  12. a long false hairpiece; switch
  13. a piece of loosely hanging material, such as a veil on a hat
  14. machinery nautical the end of a tackle to which power is applied to hoist it
  15. nautical one of the lines of a davit for holding, lowering, or raising a boat
  16. Also called: pinfall wrestling a scoring move, pinning both shoulders of one’s opponent to the floor for a specified period
  17. hunting
    1. another word for deadfall
    2. (as modifier)a fall trap
    1. the birth of an animal
    2. the animals produced at a single birth
  18. take the fall slang, mainly US to be blamed, punished, or imprisoned

Old English feallan (class VII strong verb; past tense feoll, past participle feallen) “to fall; fail, decay, die,” from Proto-Germanic *fallanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fallan, Dutch vallen, Old Norse falla, Old High German fallan, German fallen), from PIE root *pol- “to fall” (cf. Armenian p’ul “downfall,” Lithuanian puola “to fall,” Old Prussian aupallai “finds,” literally “falls upon”).

Most of the figurative senses had developed in Middle English. Meaning “to be reduced” (as temperature) is from 1650s. To fall in love is attested from 1520s; to fall asleep is late 14c. Fall through “come to naught” is from 1781. To fall for something is from 1903.


c.1200, “a falling;” see fall (n.). Old English noun form, fealle, meant “snare, trap.” Sense of “autumn” (now only in U.S.) is 1660s, short for fall of the leaf (1540s). That of “cascade, waterfall” is from 1570s. Wrestling sense is from 1550s. Of a city under siege, etc., 1580s. Fall guy is from 1906.

In addition to the idioms beginning with fall

  • fall all over oneself
  • fall apart
  • fall asleep
  • fall away
  • fall back
  • fall back on
  • fall behind
  • fall between the cracks
  • fall by the wayside
  • fall down
  • fall flat
  • fall for
  • fall from grace
  • fall guy
  • fall in
  • falling down drunk
  • fall in line
  • fall in love
  • fall in place
  • fall into
  • fall in with
  • fall off
  • fall off the wagon
  • fall on
  • fall on deaf ears
  • fall on one’s face
  • fall on one’s feet
  • fall out
  • fall over
  • fall short of
  • fall through
  • fall through the cracks
  • fall to
  • fall under

also see:

  • bottom drops (falls) out
  • break one’s fall
  • easy as pie (falling off a log)
  • let drop (fall)
  • let the chips fall where they may
  • ride for a fall
  • take the fall
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