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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FALL DOWN

I'm afraid you'll fall down there and get the records mixed.

The toughest part of it is that you got the job for me—and I had to fall down.

Then the false mother had to turn into a panther again, lest she fall down.

Heman trusted me in this job, and if I fall down it 'll be bad for me and for you fellers, too.

I assure you,” he said politely, “that it did not fall down.

And they fall down on their faces weeping, and it increaseth the humility.

Anyhow, I don't want to be Jack, and fall down and break my crown.

I am sure that he hopes I will fall down over the job of tracing it.

When the dragon saw that the palace did not fall down, he stood still in surprise.

Often she would stumble and fall down, even on a grassy lawn.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English feallan (class VII strong verb; past tense feoll, past participle feallen) "to fall; fail, decay, die," from Proto-Germanic *fallanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fallan, Dutch vallen, Old Norse falla, Old High German fallan, German fallen), from PIE root *pol- "to fall" (cf. Armenian p'ul "downfall," Lithuanian puola "to fall," Old Prussian aupallai "finds," literally "falls upon").

Most of the figurative senses had developed in Middle English. Meaning "to be reduced" (as temperature) is from 1650s. To fall in love is attested from 1520s; to fall asleep is late 14c. Fall through "come to naught" is from 1781. To fall for something is from 1903.

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