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Noun: fallback  'fol,bak
  1. (military) to break off a military action with an enemy
    - disengagement, pullout
Verb: fall back  fol bak
  1. Fall backwards and down
     
  2. Hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
    - lag, dawdle, fall behind
     
  3. Move back and away from
    "The enemy fell back"
     
  4. Retreat
    - lose, drop off, fall behind, recede
     
  5. Have recourse to
    "The government fell back to rationing meat";
    - resort, recur
     
  6. Go back to bad behaviour
    "Those who fall back are often minor criminals";
    - relapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress

Derived forms: fell back, falling back, falls back, fallbacks

See also: fall

Type of: apply, draw back, employ, follow, lean back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, recline, regress, retire, retreat, retrograde, retrogress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back, use, utilise [Brit], utilize, withdraw

Antonym: gain

Encyclopedia: Fallback

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