fall back on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall back on
he/she/itfalls back on
present participlefalling back on
past tensefell back on
past participlefallen back on
  1. fall back on something to use or do something else after other things have failed

    She always has her teaching experience to fall back on.

See also main entry: fall