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noun     fall pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion when someone or something falls to the ground

    She was taken to hospital after a fall.

    fall from:

    Her brother was killed in a fall from a horse.

    Luckily her fall was broken by soft snow.

  2. 2
    [countable] an occasion when something falls to the ground from the sky or from a high place
    fall of:

    There had been a fall of rocks on the road.

    a heavy fall of snow

  3. 3
    [countable] an occasion when the amount, level, or value of something falls

    Analysts are expecting a fall on Wall Street.

    fall in:

    There has been a sharp fall in unemployment.

    fall of:

    We have seen a fall of 5% in sales this month.

  4. 4
    [singular] someone’s defeat or loss of power
    fall of:

    Khomeini came to power after the fall of the Shah.

    the rise and fall of:

    the rise and fall of the Roman Empire

    the fall of something to someone:

    Thousands fled after the fall of the city to rebel forces.

  5. 5
    [singular] the downward slope or movement of something

    She watched the steady rise and fall of his chest.

  6. 6


    [plural] a waterfall
  7. 7
    [countable] an act of pushing your opponent to the ground in the sport of wrestling or judo
  8. 8
    [countable] [usually singular] American the season between summer and winter
  9. 9

    the Fall

    in the Jewish and Christian religions, the story of how evil came into the world because Adam and Eve did not obey God
  10. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    take the fall to get arrested for a particular crime, especially when others are going unpunished for the same crime

    He was going to take the fall for that crooked politician.

    Submitted by lucimar from Brazil on 26/04/2016
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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