One by one, the certainties of the 20th century are falling away.
Like the prophets of old, Sax is here to chew us out for falling away from the true faith—but also offer a chance at redemption.
And there is even less in me than I make out, because the very scorn is falling away from me year after year.
The spores are elliptical, 126., and black, falling away in drops.
A lightness, a freedom, pressed me, as though chains and shackles which all my life had encompassed me were falling away.
They gave the effect of falling away from some evil contagion.
Master Philip was tired and heavy, and working his eyes with the backs of his hands, and yawning, and falling away almost.
She noticed this, and felt, somehow, that her people were falling away from her.
To which he added with more reproach: "It's enough to have been dished by Grace—without your falling away!"
There shall not be, as in the first creation, any falling away.
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+)