One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- past of fall
1usually be felledCut down (a tree).
cut down, chop down, hack down, saw down, knock down, hew, demolish, tear down, bring down, raze, level, clearView synonyms
- ‘The man was felling a tree for his elderly father-in-law with his son when the accident occurred around 4pm on Saturday afternoon.’
- ‘Now Bromley Council has confirmed the lime trees were felled because their foliage would have interfered with camera enforcement planned for the bus lane in Crystal Palace Parade.’
- ‘Is it true that as many as 150 Douglas Fir trees were felled?’
- ‘Up on a ridge to the right of us, someone has been felling an oak tree all day.’
- ‘The colonial government began reforestation in the 1870s and made good progress until World War II, when many trees were felled for fuel.’
- ‘Most of the 200 lights, which were smashed when the tree was felled, will be replaced at a cost of £1,000, thanks to local businesses.’
- ‘Staff felled trees and the dozen mountaineering council volunteers helped to saw them into logs which will be seasoned and used for fuel at volunteer accommodation and the office at the site.’
- ‘The Forestry Commission is urging Yorkshire landowners to think twice before felling trees to ensure their actions do not fall foul of the law.’
- ‘Diggers moved in to shift tons of earth, trees were felled, a house next to the course was demolished and two electricity pylons were moved.’
- ‘One of my neighbours was left in tears when the trees were felled.’
- ‘The trees that were cut down recently in St Patrick's College were felled on the grounds of ill-health.’
- ‘Sarah White, 24, is furious that Essex County Council is felling trees to make way for a bus lane as part of the new park-and-ride development at Sandon, near Chelmsford.’
- ‘However, the plan is strongly opposed by the public, because the plan entails scrapping the median strip separating the slow and fast lanes and felling the trees growing on it.’
- ‘He said about two-acres of mature, ash, sycamore copper beech and oak trees were felled.’
- ‘Instead, a complicated procedure for seeking permission to fell oak trees legally was introduced.’
- 1.1 Knock down.‘strong winds felled power lines’figurative ‘corruption that felled the financial system in Thailand’
knock down, knock over, knock to the ground, bowl over, strike down, bring down, bring to the ground, rugby-tackle, topple, ground, prostrate, catch off balanceView synonyms
- ‘In self-defence, Michael hit his attacker on the shin with the bat, felling him to the ground.’
- ‘The wind then felled it to the ground and it landed on top of a cabin, which contained valuable equipment, and a surrounding fence.’
- ‘In a village near Varna, the wind felled an unfinished wall, which reduced an old house to debris as it fell, said the Civil Defence.’
- ‘Bulldozers felled the antenna of the radio station, who were accused of inciting hatred and violence.’
- ‘A tree which withstood a World War II bomb that destroyed a block of flats has managed to crush garages when it was felled by winds on Monday night.’
- ‘Thousands of residents, predominantly those already living in poverty, are now homeless after their communities were felled by the winds.’
- ‘Damage was also caused to the hotel's jetty while several trees in the grounds were felled by the strong winds, although there was not disruption to the electricity supply.’
- ‘He veers to his right towards the attacked police car and when the claimant is stationary to his immediate left, the officer turns quickly to his left and charges into the claimant, felling him to the ground.’
2Stitch down (the edge of a seam) to lie flat.‘a flat-felled seam’
- ‘You can nonetheless flat- fell sharp curves, as you can see in the drawing of princess-style flat-felled seams above.’
- ‘Sew your seams the usual way, finish the raw edges with the serger or zigzag, press to one side, switch to top-stitching thread in the needle, and top-stitch the seams on the outside to resemble flat-felled seams.’
- ‘A rubber mallet is surprisingly useful in flattening seams or hems on thick fabric or leather and especially on heavy flat-fell seams.’
- ‘A classic sewn finish that lends itself to easy tops and dresses is the flat-fell seam, especially on the shoulder seams.’
- ‘Continue around the pockets, trimming away the thicker layers and flat-fell seams.’
An amount of timber cut.
Old English fellan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vellen and German fällen, also to fall.
A hill or stretch of high moorland, especially in northern England.in place names ‘Cross Fell’
- ‘This flora of the fells is found in upland pastures, on barren and dry soil, in heathland and on ledges.’
- ‘At an isolated crossroads stands this old inn, enfolded by high peaks and craggy tree-covered fells.’
- ‘While it makes for hard work for cyclists, the downland provides spectacular scenery that equals that of the dales and fells up north.’
- ‘To the northwest the hills are closer and more rugged: the volcanic fells of the southern Lake District.’
- ‘To the left, the fells rise gently with craggy outcrops.’
- ‘We can show them what a beautiful area this is, with shopping, the fells and our market towns.’
- ‘Twenty miles away the high fells of the Dales were white.’
- ‘Many people visit the museums devoted to the famous writers before browsing through the shops or taking to the fells to prepare for a hearty pub lunch or afternoon tea in one of the delightful coffee shops.’
- ‘Police resources will not extend to patrolling the remote fells and the worst kind of motorcyclist knows this.’
- ‘On the tops the wind blew hard but the air was clear and the views stretched far over the fells and deep into the valleys.’
- ‘Alpine sunshine has sometimes followed snow to show the fells and mountains at their most exquisitely beautiful.’
- ‘Ringed by fells, this lively and friendly market town lies at the head of England's longest lake.’
- ‘The views from the path take in the River Rothay and surrounding woods, and the fells rising all around.’
- ‘It is fed from springwater from the fells, and the surplus dissipates through the fault so it never overflows.’
- ‘Her work is influenced by the landscape, particularly the northern fells and colourful panoramas of foreign climes.’
Middle English: from Old Norse fjall, fell ‘hill’; probably related to German Fels ‘rock’.
Of terrible evil or ferocity; deadly.‘sorcerers use spells to achieve their fell ends’
- ‘Sometimes, the wind also brought unnervingly fell sounds with it, as if a chorus of unholy demons was singing in the distance.’
in (or at) one fell swoop
literary All at one time.‘nothing can topple the government in one fell swoop’
all at once, together, at the same time, in one go, with one move, outrightView synonyms
- ‘In one fell swoop fuel has been added to the fire of community disillusion with its political appointees.’
- ‘In one fell swoop, he has managed to anger just about everyone attending university.’
- ‘In one fell swoop, professional regulation has been radically and disturbingly transformed.’
- ‘Freedom and privacy rarely, if ever, disappear in one fell swoop.’
- ‘In one fell swoop we have cured the traffic jam problem, the fuel crisis and air pollution!’
- ‘In one fell swoop we would alienate every parent and teacher in the country.’
- ‘In one fell swoop they are increasing the amount of traffic on the roads.’
- ‘In one fell swoop, it gets new customers for its existing products and new products for its existing customers.’
- ‘And in one fell swoop, all the things I had to remember her by were gone.’
- ‘In one fell swoop Scottish racing would be transformed and upgraded as never before.’
Middle English: from Old French fel, nominative of felon ‘wicked (person)’ (see felon).
An animal's hide or skin with its hair.
Old English fel, fell, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vel and German Fell, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin pellis and Greek pella ‘skin’.
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