fall out

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fall out (plural fall outs)

  1. A disagreement, parting of ways.
    We had a fall out, couldn't come to terms and haven't talked since.


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

  1. (literally) To come out of something by falling.
    I opened the cupboard and a can fell out onto my foot.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To cease to be on friendly terms.
    Dave and I fell out after a long argument.
    • 2011 December 14, Steven Morris, “Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave”, in Guardian[1]:
      Before the incident Robins had fallen out with Knutton, 30. Knutton had made a complaint over Robins' boyfriend.
  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. (dialect, intransitive) To pass out.
  5. (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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