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fall back on sth

verb uk phrasal verb with fall   /fɔːl/ us    /fɑːl/ (fell, fallen)
C2 to use something for help because no other choice is available: When the business failed, we had to fall back on our savings. If I lose my job, I'll have nothing to fall back on.
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