Definition of fall back on in English:

fall back on

phrasal verb

  • Have recourse to when in difficulty.

    ‘they normally fell back on one of three arguments’
    • ‘A lot of people still have someone, have family to fall back on for support.’
    • ‘Dewar first did a history degree, then law, which would give him a career to fall back on.’
    • ‘If challenged, however, your only recourse is to fall back on the manufacturer's guarantee.’
    • ‘If getting to the garden centre in your area is a bit of a trek, there's always the high street to fall back on.’
    • ‘Teens who have a conducive family atmosphere to fall back on hardly ever go astray.’
    • ‘Without the safety net of an autocue to fall back on, he probably wouldn't be touring at all.’
    • ‘It is no longer in existence, so responsibility for the site falls back on to the landowner.’
    • ‘That way, if one situation didn't have a positive result, I would have others to fall back on.’
    • ‘If disaster strikes again, however, he knows that he has more to fall back on.’
    • ‘If acting doesn't work out then Porter has plenty other skills to fall back on.’
    • ‘Older people on fixed incomes don't have any extra sources of revenue to fall back on when inflated bills drop on the doorstep.’
    • ‘Even where the composer doesn't quite add anything, there's still the poetry to fall back on.’
    • ‘Paying cash to avoid Vat means you have no documentation to fall back on should things go wrong.’
    • ‘If the South African golfer ever thinks about giving up the day job, he has a nice sideline to fall back on.’
    • ‘You hate to make decisions, and if forced to decide, you'll always fall back on how it was done in the past.’
    • ‘His teaching degree and a year he spent working as a teacher in Dublin was always going to be something he could fall back on.’
    • ‘I have adequate savings to fall back on until the pension payment picks up.’
    • ‘The trust does not have any savings to fall back on and rising costs meant spiralling debts.’
    • ‘All the riches and good things of life are gone and she has no one to fall back on.’
    • ‘Chester has some great memories of Ibrox to fall back on, but is ready for new challenges that await him.’
    resort to, turn to, look to, call on, call into play, call into action, call into service, press into service, have recourse to, make use of, use, employ
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