The word ‘fall’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meanings include to lose balance or move to a lower position.
- I fell down the stairs. (lose balance)
- My team has fallen 7 places in the league table. (move to a lower position)
Fall is an irregular verb. The past tense is fell and the past participle is fallen.
idioms list with ‘fall’
- bottom falls out – something suddenly ends/stop being successful
e.g. You need to close the deal today; the chief won’t be happy if the bottom falls out.
- fall at the first hurdle – fail at an early stage
e.g. My new business venture fell at the first hurdle. The bank wouldn’t give me a loan.
- fall for someone – start to love someone
e.g. John is falling for Katrina, you can tell by the way he looks at her.
- fall ill – become sick
e.g. We both fell ill after eating raw fish at the restaurant.
- fall off the back of a lorry – an illegally acquired item
e.g. Where did Stanley get 25 new phones from? They must have fallen off the back of a lorry.
- fall on deaf ears – be ignored by the people you want to listen to you
e.g. Her cries for help fell on deaf ears, everyone walked on by.
- the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – children have similar qualities/behaviour to their parents
e.g. My son has been sent to prison just like me. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
- wheel come/fall off – something suddenly/unexpectedly fails
e.g. We were 3-0 up, then the wheel came off.
Let’s see these idioms with pictures and meaning using real-life scenarios.
Hey, did you know the verb ‘fall’ has many phrasal verbs. Since you like idioms and phrases, you obviously want to improve your fluency and speak like a native.
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I thought you might like to learn the phrasal verbs with ‘fall’ too. They are very common in informal English and great to know/be able to understand if you happen to be speaking to a native. We use them all the time, like literally ALL the time.