In this post you will learn 14 Phrasal Verbs with FALL with meanings and examples. Scroll down to watch a video lesson.
English verb TO FALL is short in letters but has many applications. Fall, fell and fallen are its three forms.
I always fall in love with the wrong guys.
He has fallen in love yet again.
We can also use FALL as a phrasal verb or in idiomatic expressions in so many ways. Take a look at these:
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14 Phrasal Verbs with FALL
Meaning: to collapse or to fall to the ground
He was not feeling very well and he collapsed or fell down.
Meaning: to topple over
The wind was blowing very strongly and the bicycle fell over (toppled over) on to the ground.
Meaning: to go into pieces, to break up
I made a book shelf but when I put some books on it, it fell apart. I had forgotten to put in the nails!!
Meaning: to laugh continuously
My friend has a great sense of humour and tells very funny stories. I always fall about laughing at him. So literally you cannot stop laughing as the stories are so funny.
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FALL BACK ON
Meaning: to turn to somebody or something for help when other plans have failed
Keep some money in the bank to fall back on in case you lose your job.
Meaning: to fail to keep up with, to fail to do something on time
After losing her job, she fell behind on her mortgage repayments.
I was ill for 3 weeks, and fell behind with my final project.
1. to fall in love with somebody
Peter fell for Sarah the moment he saw her.
2. to be deceived by something
It was amazing how everybody fell for his lies.
Meaning: to collapse
If that is not rectified, the roof will fall in, and eventually the walls and so on.
Phrasal Verbs with FALL
FALL FLAT (ON)
Meaning: When someone hope you do not succeed at something or if you make a mistake and something turns out to be a disaster we can say: I hope he falls flat on his face or he fell flat on his face.
David did not like Paul. When he heard he was opening a new business he said. “ I hope it’s a disaster I hope he falls flat on his face with this!”
FALL OUT WITH
Meaning: When we have an argument with a friend or family member and we do not talk to them for a long while we can say that “we have fallen out with Mike”.
He fell out with his cousin over an argument about who owned the bike.
1. soldiers fall out and move out of line
Soldiers fell out and started talking.
2. to have a row and stop talking to someone, to quarrel
Sarah has decided to ignore Paula since they fell out last night.
Phrasal Verbs with Fall with Meanings
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1. to start doing something
He quickly fell into the habit of drinking too much, a habit, which lasted over 10 years.
2. to be divided into (categories, parts)
The book falls into two main parts.
FALL IN WITH
Meaning: to agree with
All members of the board readily fell in with the suggestion and the necessary expert was quickly engaged.
Meaning: to fail to happen
We ended up cancelling the lunch. The plans fell through.
Common Idiomatic Expressions with FALL
TO FALL ON DEAF EARS
You make a suggestion that you believe is good but nobody agrees or takes up your suggestion. It fell on deaf ears.
ex. Mike suggested that we advertise the new product on the internet as that is where everyone looks first these days. Nobody agreed and they advertised on the radio as they always did. His suggestion fell on deaf ears.
IT DIDN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE
When someone has a characteristic that was also part of their
mothers’ or fathers’ character we usually say “Well, it did not fall far from the tree”.
John had a short (quick) temper and he got angry very quickly. His father reacted in the same way when he was young. His grandmother would always say “well it did not fall far from the tree your father was always the same at your age”.
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