fall through

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fall through fail utterly; collapse "The project foundered"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The combination "ough" can be pronounced in 9 different ways; Read this: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
    • Fall through to fail, come to nothing
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Quotations

  • Roman Maxim
    Roman Maxim
    “Let justice be done through the heavens fall.”
  • Woodrow Wyatt
    Woodrow Wyatt
    “A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you get up one time more than you fall, you will make it through.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feallan; Ger. fallen; prob. conn. with L. fallĕre, to deceive.

Usage

In literature:

After all our hard travel, here we were on the bank of the stream again, with the inn beyond dimly outlined through the driving snow-fall.
"Roughing It, Part 4." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
There the fire burns bright, and through the window falls a ray of sunlight.
"Adela Cathcart, Vol. 2" by George MacDonald
These fall slowly back through the column and collect at the bottom of the tank, to be cleared out when needful.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 417" by Various
Kitty stood rooted to the spot, expecting to see her defender fall at her feet with a bullet through his brain or heart.
"The Hunted Outlaw" by Anonymous
It seemed as if he would never stop falling through the darkness, but at last he struck the water and went down, down, down.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
And I'd've made a neat little profit besides: something to fall back on, if this fell through.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
Away down through the woods it was full of horsemen falling into line.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
I went through iron-works in which steel hammers, falling with a force of 3,000 tons, were in use.
"Freeland" by Theodor Hertzka
The administration of Mr. Gladstone, which had weathered through many storms, was destined to fall in a wholly unexpected way.
"The Grand Old Man" by Richard B. Cook
Sidney left the little house at six, with the street light still burning through a mist of falling snow.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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In poetry:

And if I ponder what they call
The gospel of God's grace,
Through mists that slowly melt and fall
May dawn a human face.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
The blast of winter whistled loud
And shrill through the void hall;
And heavy on his hoary locks
The shower of night did fall.
"A Tale" by John Logan
A wink from Hesper, falling
Fast in the wintry sky,
Comes through the even blue,
Dear, like a word from you…
Is it good-bye?
"A Wink From Hesper" by William Ernest Henley
But doubts will warp themselves through all,
And each bright vision rears
A fairy temple but to fall,
And leave me to my tears.
"Summer Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
"Steep and hung with clouds of strife
Is our narrow path of life;
And our death the dreaded fall
Through the dark, awaiting all.
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet still she bravely moves through life,
Ignoring her pathetic fall;--
A loveless, broken-hearted wife;
Alas, the pity of it all!
"Mesalliance" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Sunlight sparkles through the leaves on a recent fall day in Sikeston.
Conquest 's full-season driver to date, Sebastian Saavedra, had his funding fall through prior to the series' most recent round in Motegi, and Battistini is expected to race the car at Kentucky on Oct 2.
Construction worker dies after falling through roof of Sam's Club in Northeast Philly.
As it becomes primarily lake effect, it will continue falling through the day.
Use the largest button mushrooms you can find, so they don't fall through the rack.
So certainly we now have ample warning that some crewmembers on some major airlines are cracking–and their problems are, unfortunately, falling through the cracks of the FAA 's and the airlines' systems of evaluating fitness for duty.
It may not have the romantic appeal of Paris on the eve of war, but the Internet is now the place for soldiers and Marines in combat to fall in love — through online dating services.
As winter approaches, Richard Stone of the University of Minnesota Extension can drive through a neighborhood and predict who's likely to get ice dams when the snow falls.
Today's weather is perfect for raking leaves, walking in the park and enjoying fall color during drives through leafy neighborhoods.
Solar power prices to continue falling through 2025.
The newest Prorsum collection — pre-fall 2013, for those keeping track at home — is slim, sleek, and shot through with just the right amount of humor and design -forward touches.
The project will resume in April with additional long-term single direction detours and restrictions through next fall.
MELISSA JONES/Special to the Oregonian Students in Janet Campbell's fall seminar, Politics Through Dr Seuss, listen as the instructor reads The Lorax and shows the pages through a document camera at Mt Hood Community College.
A driver drives through the gateway of the University of Northern Iowa on Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Last fall, Mayor Bloomberg claimed that his push to revise the city's term limits was predicated on his desire to shepherd New York through the economic collapse.
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In science:

We can expect an exponential fall of the numbers of muon and electron neutrinos at high energies due to absorptions after their passage through the Earth.
The Appearance of Tau Neutrinos from a Gamma Ray Burst
If the source neutrino energy spectrum falls slower than E −2 all ντ s with energies greater than 100 TeV will have their energies reduced to about 100 TeV after their passage through the Earth.
The Appearance of Tau Neutrinos from a Gamma Ray Burst
This situation is much more severe for the isothermal atmosphere case (Figure 11d-e), as the model quickly (< 50 µs) falls through the bottom of the domain.
Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes
The rest of the plasma gradually diffuses through the magnetic field in the X-region and is loaded onto the funnel-region field lines and then falls onto the star.
Magnetic Interaction between Stars and Accretion Disks
Provided that the system is far from a transition, the sites in the center of the CDMFT cluster couple to the mean-field only through propagators which fall exponentially with distance.
Quantum Cluster Theories
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