fall back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall back
he/she/itfalls back
present participlefalling back
past tensefell back
past participlefallen back
  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
See also main entry: fall