The word ‘fall‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meanings include to lose balance or move to a lower position.

For example:

  • 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.

phrasal verbs with fall

Phrasal verbs with ‘fall’ include:

  • fall apart
    meaning – break into pieces
    example – My marriage fell apart last year, I’m filing for divorce.
  • fall behind
    meaning – progressing at a slower rate
    example – Read chapter two over the weekend so you don’t fall behind.
  • fall down
    meaning – fall to the ground
    example – I had a dream. I was falling down a mountain, then I woke up.
  • fall off
    meaning – become detached from an object
    example – I fell off the sofa and fractured my wrist.
  • fall out
    meaning – become detached from an interior or stop being friends
    example – I’ve fallen out with my best friend; we haven’t spoken for 2 weeks.
  • fall over
    meaning – fall from an upright position
    example – My son fell over onto the concrete, he scraped his knee badly.
  • fall through
    meaning – a plan/deal fails or break through a surface
    example – I made an offer on a house, but it fell through at the last minute.

picture phrasal verbs with fall

phrasal verbs with fall

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘fall’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with fall - fall apart
phrasal verbs with fall - fall behind
phrasal verbs with fall - fall down
phrasal verbs with fall - fall off
phrasal verbs with fall - fall out
phrasal verbs with fall - fall over
phrasal verbs with fall - fall through

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with fall below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with fall, how about learning the idioms with fall too?