Meaning of “fall over” in the English Dictionary

"fall over" in British English

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fall over

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

B1 If someone falls over, they fall to the ground:

She tripped and fell over.

B1 If something falls over, it falls onto its side:

If you make the cake too high, it'll fall over.

More examples

  • I was frightened that Granny would fall over on the ice.
  • I fell over and twisted my ankle.
  • Just as I walked past, the whole display wobbled and fell over.
  • The building looked as though it was falling over, because of the strange angles of the walls.
  • She tottered, swayed, and then fell over in a dead faint.

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

"fall over" in Business English

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fall over

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

IT if a computer or a computer program falls over, it suddenly stops working:

If the program falls over on complicated drawings, it is of no use to us professionally.

if a business falls over, it goes bankrupt:

Hotels and catering companies have been falling over at an increasing rate lately.

(Definition of “fall over” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)