- A disagreement, parting of ways.
- We had a fall out, couldn't come to terms and haven't talked since.
- (literally) To come out of something by falling.
I opened the cupboard and a can fell out onto my foot.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To cease to be on friendly terms.
Dave and I fell out after a long argument.
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Iealousie, His Equivocations, Name, Definition, Extent, Seuerall Kindes, of Princes, Parents, Friends. In Beasts, Men, before Marriage, as Corriuals, or after, as in this Place”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, partition 3, section 3, member 1, subsection 1, pages 465–466:
- Petronius calleth this paſſion [i.e., jealousy] amantium furioſam æmulationem, a furious emulation, and their ſymptomes are well expreſſed by Sr Ieffrey Chaucer in his firſt Canterbury tale. It will make the neareſt & deareſt friends fall out; they will endure al other things to be common, goods, lands, moneyes, participate of all other pleaſures, and take in good part any diſgraces, iniuries in another kind, but as Propertius well deſcribes it in an Elegie of his, in this they will ſuffer nothing, have no corriuals.
2011 December 14, Steven Morris, “Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave”, in Guardian:
- Before the incident Robins had fallen out with Knutton, 30. Knutton had made a complaint over Robins' boyfriend.
- (military, intransitive)
- (dialect, intransitive) To pass out.
- (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.
come out by falling
cease to be on friendly terms