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fallback

[fawl-bak] /ˈfɔlˌbæk/
noun
1.
an act or instance of falling back.
2.
something or someone to turn or return to, especially for help or as an alternative:
His teaching experience would be a fallback if the business failed.
adjective
3.
Also, fall-back. of or designating something kept in reserve or as an alternative:
The negotiators agreed on a fallback position.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back
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British Dictionary definitions for fall-back

fall back

verb (intransitive, adverb)
1.
to recede or retreat
2.
foll by on or upon. to have recourse (to)
noun
3.
a retreat
4.
a reserve, esp money, that can be called upon in need
5.
  1. anything to which one can have recourse as a second choice
  2. (as modifier): a fall-back position
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Word Origin and History for fall-back

fallback

n.

also fall-back; 1767 as a type of chair; 1930 as "a position to be used in an emergency;" from fall (v.) + back (adv.).

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