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falling star

an incandescent meteor; a shooting star.
Origin of falling star
1555-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Go and Catch a falling star is but one of a series of delightful lyrics in disparagement of women.

    The Art of Letters Robert Lynd
  • There passed through the air the train of fire, like a falling star.

  • Then a bright, falling star came down, leaving a broad, luminous streak behind it.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Some apply this symbol of a "falling star" to Genseric, but this is incongruous.

  • The next, there sailed across its small diameter a falling star.

    Day and Night Stories Algernon Blackwood
  • But then there was some one here, because we glimpsed him disappearing like a falling star.

    At Whispering Pine Lodge Lawrence J. Leslie
  • Its bulk was beyond the mind, its lights were falling star systems, and its movements those of general cataclysm.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • "You shall see him a falling star," said Syme, and put on his hat.

    The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for falling star

falling star

an informal name for meteor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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