fall\ back\ on

• fall back on
• fall back upon
v
1. To retreat to.

The enemy made a strong attack, and the soldiers fell back on the fort.

2. To go for help to; turn to in time of need.

When the big bills for Mother's hospital care came, Joe was glad he had money in the bank to fall back on.

If Mr. Jones can't find a job as a teacher, he can fall back on his skill as a printer.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • fall back — {v.} To move back; go back. Usually used with a group as subject. * /The army fell back before their stubborn enemies./ * /The crowd around the hurt boy fell back when someone shouted Give him air! / Compare: DROP BACK, GIVE WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall back — {v.} To move back; go back. Usually used with a group as subject. * /The army fell back before their stubborn enemies./ * /The crowd around the hurt boy fell back when someone shouted Give him air! / Compare: DROP BACK, GIVE WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

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