fall back on sth Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"fall back on sth" in British English

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fall back on sth

phrasal verb with fall uk   /fɔːl/  us   /fɑːl/ verb (fell, fallen)
C2 to use something, ​especially a ​form of ​financialsupport, when other things have ​failed: When the ​businessfailed, we had to ​fall back on ​oursavings. If I ​lose my ​job, I'll have nothing to ​fall back on.
(Definition of fall back on sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fall back on sth" in Business English

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fall back on sth

phrasal verb with fall uk   us   /fɔːl/ verb (fell, fallen)
to have something you can use or do if what you originally ​planned to use or do is not ​available or not possible: The ​company can always ​fall back on its ​corebusiness if any of the ​subsidiariesfail. We had to ​fall back on our ​personalsavings to ​pay our ​businessoverheads.
(Definition of fall back on sth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fall back on sth”
in Chinese (Simplified) 借助于, 依赖,依靠…
in Chinese (Traditional) 借助於, 依賴,依靠…
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