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English definition of “fall back”

fall back

phrasal verb with fall     /fɔːl/ US  /fɑːl/ verb (fell, fallen)
literary to move back suddenly from someone or something, often because you are frightened : She fell back in horror / disgust .Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive If an army falls back, it moves away from an enemy army in order to avoid fighting them: The infantry fell back in disarray .Stopping fighting
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