fall out

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fall out (third-person singular simple present falls out, present participle falling out, simple past and past participle fallen out)

  1. (literally) To come out of something by falling.
    I opened the cupboard and a can fell out on to my foot.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To cease to be on friendly terms.
    Dave and I fell out after a long argument.
  3. (military, intransitive)
    1. (literally) to leave one's place in the current formation of ranks in order to take one's place in a new formation.
    2. (figuratively) To leave one's current location to report for duty at a new location.
      The company fell out for an artillery drill.
  4. (dated) To turn out, happen.
    • 1866, Mark Twain, in a letter to William Bowen, 7 May 1866
      I expected to be in the States long before this, but things fell out otherwise.

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