fall away

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fall away

  1. (intransitive) To cease to support a person or cause.
    After the divorce, all his friends fell away one by one.
    • Bible, Luke viii. 13
      These [] for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
  2. To get worse. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. To diminish in size or weight.
  4. To diminish in intensity.
    • Addison
      One colour falls away by just degrees, and another rises insensibly.
  5. To perish; to vanish; to be lost.
    • Addison
      How [] can the soul [] fall away into nothing?

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