One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Move or turn back; retreat.‘the enemy fell back into a defensive position’
retreat, withdraw, back off, draw back, pull back, pull away, move away, retire, pull outView synonyms
- ‘Even a Mercedes falls back to a respectful distance when I rudely pull out in front of it.’
- ‘As the troops fell back, looters on bicycles braved the continuing shellfire.’
- ‘She gave the order to retreat, and everyone started falling back to the forest.’
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