fall down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall down
he/she/itfalls down
present participlefalling down
past tensefell down
past participlefallen down
  1. 1
    same as fall1

    I fell down and hurt my knee.

  2. 2
    if something such as an argument or system falls down, it fails because a particular part of it is weak or not correct
    fall down on:

    Their argument falls down on several important points.

  3. 3
    [always progressive] if a building is falling down, it is in very bad condition
  4. 4
    if something you are wearing is falling down, it is slipping down your legs
  5. 5
    fall down on the job to do a particular job or activity in a careless way so that you are not successful
See also main entry: fall