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fall back

verb uk phrasal verb with fall   /fɔːl/ us    /fɑːl/ (fell, fallen)
literary to move back suddenly from someone or something, often because you are frightened: She fell back in horror/disgust. If an army falls back, it moves away from an enemy army in order to avoid fighting: The infantry fell back in disarray.
Translations of “fall back”
in Chinese (Traditional) (常指因恐懼而)後退,撤退, (軍隊)撤退…
in Chinese (Simplified) (常指因恐惧而)后退,后撤, (军队)撤退…
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