fall for

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

  1. (idiomatic) To be fooled by; to walk into (a trap) or respond to (a scam or trick).
    I can't believe how many people still fall for the coin glued to the sidewalk.
  2. (idiomatic) To fall in love with.
    He really fell for the attractive waitress at his favorite restaurant.
    • 1965, George Morton, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich (lyrics and music), “Leader of the Pack”, performed by The Shangri-Las:
      They told me he was bad / But I knew he was sad / That's why I fell for the Leader of the Pack
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      The neighbor is eventually able to sell her home despite Homer’s pants-less affronts to propriety and decency and Bart falls deeply and instantly for one of its new inhabitants, a tough but charming and funny tomboy girl named Laura (voiced by Sara Gilbert) with just the right combination of toughness and sweetness, granite and honey.
    • 2019, “Hentai”, in Cry, performed by Cigarettes After Sex:
      Beautiful hearts are in your eyes / I've been waiting for you to fall for me / And let me in your life