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fall over

verb (intransitive, adverb)
1.
to lose one's balance and collapse to the ground
2.
to fall from an upright position: the vase fell over
3.
fall over oneself, to do everything within one's power: he fell over himself to be as helpful as possible
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Examples from the Web for fall over
Contemporary Examples
  • According to everything you read on the news or on the Internet I should be just about ready to fall over dead.

Historical Examples
  • A veil of ice seemed to fall over the boyish face and leave it chiseled marble.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • Their friends gave them money for a little, but in the end they fall over the edge.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • As we lingered, the most exquisite music began to fall over our heads, apparently from the sky, like a shower of jewels.

  • Not at the music, however, but I expected her to fall over and break her neck.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • They should be so planted that they can fall over the stones, like the one from which the illustration (Fig. 74) was drawn.

  • You are fortunate to fall over just as the despatch boat was approaching you.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • You see they are only made up of loose cinders and ashes which fall over outside as they are thrown up.

    Jack at Sea George Manville Fenn
  • But surely she could not fall over this small stumbling block!

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Instantly a cloud seemed to fall over the faces of all the boys, as they looked instinctively at Mr. Hawke.

fall over in Technology


[IBM] Yet another synonym for crash or lose. "Fall over hard" equates to crash and burn.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Idioms and Phrases with fall over

fall over

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