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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall back
he/she/itfalls back
present participlefalling back
past tensefell back
past participlefallen back

Related meanings

  1. 1
    to move so that you are behind someone or something

    Oliver and Sara fell back and started talking.

  2. 2
    to become smaller or lower in amount, level, value etc

    Profits fell back slightly this month.

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