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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall away
he/she/itfalls away
present participlefalling away
past tensefell away
past participlefallen away
  1. 1
    if land falls away, it slopes down suddenly from a particular point

    The ground fell away below us to the ocean.

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  2. 2
    to become smaller or lower in amount, level, value, etc.
  3. 3
    British literary if something such as a sound or feeling falls away, it becomes weaker and disappears
  4. 4
    if something falls away, it breaks off from the thing it was fixed to

    Plaster was falling away from the walls.

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