Definition of fall for in US English:

fall for

phrasal verb

informal
  • 1Be captivated by; fall in love with.

    • ‘I'll bet your house is fine, and you probably loved it before you fell for her pool and tennis court.’
    • ‘Crystal didn't know what to say. It was hard to accept that this man who she was falling for was in love with her after so little a time.’
    • ‘La Traviata is an intimate story of family tensions and blighted love, following a Parisian courtesan who falls for a younger man.’
    • ‘At first she confuses him for a wealthy duke but then falls for him - the two singing love songs to each other in the moonlight on top of the elephant.’
    • ‘In less than a year I had found the love of my life, had her fall for me, and almost lost her as well.’
    • ‘He joins a self-help group whose leader, played by Sheila Henderson, falls for him but her love remains unrequited.’
    • ‘Why of all people did she have to fall for the cousin of the one who loves her?’
    • ‘She went from being best friends with Taryn and being in love with Santiago to hating Taryn and slowly falling for Milo.’
    • ‘Though several men in town are in love with her, she falls for Jake Spoon and accompanies the drive though camps outside it.’
    • ‘The traditional production shows how the captain's daughter becomes torn between love and duty when she falls for a common sailor.’
    • ‘When my character fell for one of the farmers and got involved in a love triangle, it was all very scandalous.’
    • ‘Allie fought back, trying to keep herself from falling for this tall handsome brute.’
    • ‘She would definitely not fall for the handsome jock, especially if she barely knew him.’
    • ‘This is a time when love is like punishment in that you are falling for somebody unable to reciprocate openly.’
    • ‘In Norma, forbidden love rears its tragic head as a Druid High Priestess falls for a Roman officer.’
    • ‘It charts the love story of a rich wastrel who falls for a workaholic woman doctor.’
    • ‘Well, you can't have stories when one girl who is deprived of love always fall for her cute best friend.’
    • ‘Oh, How confusing love is… Denni told me not to fall for someone above my station.’
    • ‘Of course, there has to be some kind of love interest, so O'Conner falls for Toretto's sister Mia.’
    • ‘He stood there wondering what cruel fate destined that his best friend would fall for the woman he loved.’
    fall in love with, become infatuated with, lose one's heart to, take a liking to, take a fancy to, be smitten by, be attracted to, desire
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  • 2Be deceived by (something)

    ‘he should have known better than to expect Duncan to fall for a cheap trick like that’
    • ‘Luckily for its readers, this newspaper would never fall for such cheap tricks.’
    • ‘I believed you - I fell for all the lies you slowly filtered into me.’
    • ‘While it's not immediately known whether any of the recipients fell for the story, the spam mail has only led to smirks.’
    • ‘In fact, we were the last expected people of the whole lot to be falling for a fare like that.’
    • ‘Sure enough I fell for the blank expression and slightly manic eyes.’
    • ‘A woman was duped out of £30,000 when she fell for an international e-mail scam.’
    • ‘You're not expecting us to fall for that a second time are you?’
    • ‘Come on, do you really expect us to fall for such a childish ploy?’
    • ‘We can understand that, but it should not expect the public of New Zealand to fall for that nonsense.’
    • ‘Let us not fall for cheap tactics and propaganda that are designed to divide us.’
    • ‘She believes we are falling for a false kind of moral equivalence between democratic societies and tyrannies.’
    • ‘Poor patients in Africa fall for these drugs because of their cheap price.’
    • ‘Did he expect me to actually fall for his stupid little flirting ways?’
    • ‘They really believed that the people of Killala and North Mayo would fall for that sort of baloney.’
    • ‘This is so clearly a joke that I still cannot believe anybody at all fell for it.’
    • ‘It amazes me that people actually fall for this. Why on Earth would a complete stranger trust you with their money like this?’
    be deceived by, be duped by, be fooled by, be taken in by, accept, believe, trust, be convinced by, have confidence in
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