Unlike the NFL pensioner, Anthony has nothing to fall back on.
Some contemporary police have military backgrounds to fall back on.
I saw every word raising a wall that might fall back on me.
I fall back into a dream and then suddenly there is a tapping on the window just above my bed.
I fall back on my reporting background almost immediately, conducting these sessions like interviews.
As they touched it, the solid soil spouted into the air like some vast fountain, to fall back as frost-covered powder.
His legs refused to obey his will and he had to fall back to a walk.
In August, Greeley decided on a retreat, intending to fall back on bases which were supposed to hold food stores.
If only we were in town, we could fall back upon stuffed trotters.
The people of Europe have always had military traditions and cultivation to fall back upon in their civil wars.
Old English feallan (class VII strong verb; past tense feoll, past participle feallen) "to fall; fail, decay, die," from Proto-Germanic *fallanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fallan, Dutch vallen, Old Norse falla, Old High German fallan, German fallen), from PIE root *pol- "to fall" (cf. Armenian p'ul "downfall," Lithuanian puola "to fall," Old Prussian aupallai "finds," literally "falls upon").
Most of the figurative senses had developed in Middle English. Meaning "to be reduced" (as temperature) is from 1650s. To fall in love is attested from 1520s; to fall asleep is late 14c. Fall through "come to naught" is from 1781. To fall for something is from 1903.
c.1200, "a falling;" see fall (n.). Old English noun form, fealle, meant "snare, trap." Sense of "autumn" (now only in U.S.) is 1660s, short for fall of the leaf (1540s). That of "cascade, waterfall" is from 1570s. Wrestling sense is from 1550s. Of a city under siege, etc., 1580s. Fall guy is from 1906.
: This your first fall, ain't it?/ Another fall meant a life sentence (1893+)