Meaning of “fall down” in the English Dictionary

"fall down" in British English

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fall down

phrasal verb with fall uk /fɔːl/ us /fɑːl/ verb fell, fallen


B1 to fall to the ground:

Our apple tree fell down in the storm.
He stumbled and fell down.

If a building is falling down, it is in a very bad condition and there is a risk that it will break into pieces and drop to the ground:

Many buildings in the old part of the city are falling down.

More examples

  • I'm looking for a doings to hold up a curtain rail that's fallen down.
  • The scaffolding prevents the building from falling down.
  • A new steeple was built after the old one fell down.
  • One of the their players fell down every time someone tried to tackle him.
  • She fell down to her knees and prayed.

(Definition of “fall down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)