One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An alternative plan that may be used in an emergency.‘compulsory powers should be retained as a fallback’
alternative, substitute, replacement, spare, extra, standby, auxiliary, reserve, backup, fill-in, fallback, in reserveView synonyms
- ‘The plan hadn't gone well at all and the four had been forced to resort to their fallback plan.’
- ‘If that technique, if that strategy, doesn't work, the fallback plan would be taking my major priorities and turning them into initiatives and going directly to the people.’
- ‘I wouldn't recommend this as a strategy, but it sure looks like a joyful fallback plan!’
- ‘There was this scholarship, which I did eventually win, but I had a secret fallback plan if I hadn't have won the scholarship -’
- ‘Make sure you have a fallback plan in case something goes terribly wrong’
2A reduction or decrease.‘the offering will hit the market after a fallback from record highs’
- ‘After sustained increases in support from an 8% base at the 2002 general election, it has recorded a fallback for the first time, seeing its support drop by one point to 11%.’
- ‘However, a spokesman for Edinburgh's Lothian Road institution pointed out that the drop in reserves merely reflected the fallback in the stock market.’
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