fall down

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fall down ‎(third-person singular simple present falls down, present participle falling down, simple past fell down, past participle fallen down)

  1. (intransitive) To fall to the ground.
    Ring a-ring o' roses, / A pocketful of posies. / A-tishoo! A-tishoo! / We all fall down. — traditional nursery rhyme (British version)
  2. (intransitive) To collapse.
    The beams supporting the roof had rotted, causing the entire house to fall down.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 7
      Out of spite, the human beings pretended not to believe that it was Snowball who had destroyed the windmill: they said that it had fallen down because the walls were too thin.
  3. (nautical) To sail or drift toward the mouth of a river or other outlet.


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