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Meaning of FALL BACK

Pronunciation:  fol bak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
  2. [v]  retreat
  3. [v]  move back and away from; "The enemy fell back"
  4. [v]  hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
  5. [v]  fall backwards and down
  6. [v]  have recourse to; "The government resorted to rationing meat"
 Synonyms: dawdle, drop off, fall behind, fall behind, lag, lapse, lose, recede, recede, recidivate, recur, regress, relapse, resort, retire, retrogress
 Antonyms: advance, advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, go on, make headway, march on, move on, pass on, progress, pull ahead, win
 See Also: apply, drag, draw back, drop behind, ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out, employ, follow, get behind, hang back, lean back, move back, pull away, pull back, recline, regress, retreat, retrograde, retrograde, retrogress, trail, use, utilise, utilize, withdraw



Computing Dictionary

A feature of a modem protocol where two modems which experience data corruption, e.g. due to line noise, can renegotiate to use a lower speed connection. See also fall forward.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: avoid, back, back down, back out, back up, backslide, beat a retreat, blench, blink, come after, come last, cringe, degenerate, deteriorate, disengage, disimprove, dodge, draw back, draw off, duck, evade, fade, fall, fall again into, fall astern, fall behind, fall from grace, flinch, follow, get worse, give back, give ground, give place, go back, go backwards, grow worse, hang back, have a relapse, jib, lag behind, lapse, lapse back, let down, move back, pull back, pull out, quail, recidivate, recoil, recur to, reel back, regress, relapse, retire, retract, retreat, retrocede, retrograde, retrogress, return to, revert, revert to, run back, sheer off, shrink, shrink back, shy, sicken, sidestep, sink back, slacken, slide back, slip back, stand back, start aside, start back, swerve, trail, trail behind, turn aside, weasel, weasel out, wince, withdraw, worsen, yield again to