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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall into
he/she/itfalls into
present participlefalling into
past tensefell into
past participlefallen into
  1. 1
    fall into something to start doing something by chance

    She fell into modeling almost by accident.

  2. 2
    fall into conversation to start having a conversation with someone, especially someone you have just met
  3. 3
    fall into someone’s hands
    1. a.
      to be caught by someone, or to come under their control

      All the western provinces had fallen into enemy hands.

    2. b.
      if something falls into someone’s hands, they get it, usually by chance

      We don’t want this information to fall into the wrong hands.

  4. 4
    fall into step if you fall into step beside someone, you start walking beside them
  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to be able to be devided into several groups, categories, parts, etc.

    My talk falls into three parts.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 05/01/2016
  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to refer to a certain group, category, part, etc.

    You either love or hate the book. Each of us falls into the former category.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 05/01/2016
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