fall back

fall back
verb
1. fall backwards and down (Freq. 2)
Hypernyms: ↑lean back, ↑recline
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

2. hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc. (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑lag, ↑dawdle, ↑fall behind
Derivationally related forms: ↑dawdler (for: ↑dawdle), ↑lag (for: ↑lag), ↑lagger (for: ↑lag), ↑laggard (for: ↑lag)
Hypernyms: ↑follow
Hyponyms: ↑drag, ↑trail, ↑get behind, ↑hang back, ↑drop behind, ↑drop back
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

3. move back and away from (Freq. 2)
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The enemy fell back

Derivationally related forms: ↑fallback
Hypernyms:
Hyponyms: ↑ebb, ↑ebb away, ↑ebb down, ↑ebb out, ↑ebb off
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

4. retreat (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑lose, ↑drop off, ↑fall behind, ↑recede
Ant: ↑gain
Derivationally related forms: ↑recession (for: ↑recede), ↑receding (for: ↑recede)
Hypernyms: ↑regress, ↑retrograde, ↑retrogress
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

5. have recourse to
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The government resorted to rationing meat

Syn: ↑resort, ↑recur
Derivationally related forms: ↑resort (for: ↑resort)
Hypernyms: ↑use, ↑utilize, ↑utilise, ↑apply, ↑employ
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

6. go back to bad behavior
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Those who recidivate are often minor criminals

Syn: ↑relapse, ↑lapse, ↑recidivate, ↑regress, ↑retrogress
Derivationally related forms: ↑recidivism (for: ↑recidivate), ↑lapse (for: ↑lapse), ↑relapse (for: ↑relapse), ↑relapsing (for: ↑relapse)
Hypernyms: ↑revert, ↑return, ↑retrovert, ↑regress, ↑turn back
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s


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