falling off

Definitions

  • Tom falls off the velocipede
    Tom falls off the velocipede
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n falling off a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality "the team went into a slump","a gradual slack in output","a drop-off in attendance","a falloff in quality"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Man falling off wall Man falling off wall

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The blind cavefish is born with eyes, but they fall off as the fish grows
    • Falling off See To fall away To fall off, etc., under Fall v. i.
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Quotations

  • Ethel Lynn Beers
    Ethel Lynn Beers
    “All quiet along the Potomac to-night, no sound save the rush of the river, while soft falls the dew on the face of the dead, the picket's off duty forever.”
  • Paul Klee
    Paul%20Klee
    “Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.”
  • George Eliot
    George%20Eliot
    “Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?”
  • Claude D. Pepper
    Claude D. Pepper
    “Life is like riding a bicycle. You don't fall off unless you stop peddling.”

Idioms

Easy as falling off a log - Something very easy or simple to do is as easy as falling off a log.
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Fall off the back of a lorry - (UK) If someone tries to sell you something that has fallen of the back of a lorry, they are trying to sell you stolen goods.
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Fall off the turnip truck - (USA) If someone has just fallen off the turnip truck, they are uninformed, naive and gullible. (Often used in the negative)
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Fall off the wagon - If someone falls off the wagon, they start drinking after having given up completely for a time.
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Wheels fall off - When the wheels fall off something, it goes wrong or fails. ('Wheels come off' is an alternative.)
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Usage

In literature:

The great dome of Coropuna loomed up on our left, cut off from direct attack by gigantic ice falls.
"Inca Land" by Hiram Bingham
This was no sooner done than he went aft to the wheel, where he arrived in time to help the ship to fall off.
"The Crater" by James Fenimore Cooper
This allowed the wire muzzle to fall off.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
You have denied that a herb like the securiduca, could make the shoes of horses fall off.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
It'll take a scaffold to get me on a horse, but I can fall off.
"Wells Brothers" by Andy Adams
These leaves are evergreen, they do not die and fall off in winter.
"Wildflowers of the Farm" by Arthur Owens Cooke
The driver sits on the bow directly behind the shaft-horse, and one part of his duty is to keep from falling off.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
I want you to go slowly with him at first so he will not fall off.
"Mappo, the Merry Monkey" by Richard Barnum
We are afraid of falling off this little raft of a world.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
And Effingham does his best to fall off on the other side.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
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In poetry:

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who sat on a horse when he reared;
But they said, "Never mind!
You will fall off behind,
You propitious Old Man with a beard!"
"Limerick:There was an Old Man with a beard" by Edward Lear
I know how the rocks from their kisses climb
To keep the storms off with a front sublime;
And how on their platforms and sloping walls
The shadow of oak-tree and fir-tree falls.
"From North Wales: To The Mother" by George MacDonald
Nay, not to-night;--the slow, sad rain is falling
Sorrowful tears, beneath a grieving sky,
Far off a famished jackal, faintly calling,
Renders the dusk more lonely with its cry.
"Nay, Not To-night" by Laurence Hope
Flows through a land where torrents call
To far-off torrents as they fall,
And mountains in their cloudy pall
Keep ghostly state,
And Nature makes majestical
Man's lowliest fate.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson
'Hard to feel the stranger's scoff,
Hard the old friend's falling off,
Hard to learn forgiving;
But the Lord His own rewards,
And His love with theirs accords,
Warm and fresh and living.
"Barclay Of Ury" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But the Gods of your fashion
That take and that give,
In their pity and passion
That scourge and forgive,
They are worms that are bred in the bark that falls off; they shall die and not live.
"Hertha" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

DB's, ' Falling Off the Sky'.
Falling Off The Fishing Cliff.
Falling off 'fiscal cliff' means big service cuts.
Wind-energy jobs falling off as tax credit set to expire.
Texas' oversight of compounded drugs falling off.
Falling off the Fiscal Cliff.
Falling off the fiscal cliff.
New fellows for Chicago, McCormick Place, and falling off the fiscal cliff.
Naked guy near I-5 says his clothes kept falling off.
Lacey man arrested after 'clothes kept falling off'.
Fox News had a story about a father who saved his boy from his Jeep, which was falling off a cliff into the river below.
Because if my head were to ever fall off my shoulders that would be a long drop and I'm afraid of heights.
In interviews with detectives, Foster denied trying to kidnap the girl, saying he was only assisting her after falling off the bike, said the report.
Bella seriously injured her leg falling off furniture three months ago.
When leaves fall off the grapelike vines, prune to remove spindly branches and older branches that already fruited.
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In science:

Here, the total mass is finite and therefore the circular spee d falls off as Keplerian at large radii (vc ∼ r−1/2 ).
Simple Models for the Distribution of Dark Matter
Unlike GTOs, STOs exhibit the correct cusp behavior at short range, whereas GTOs are known to fall off too rapidly at long range.
Theoretical and observed potential energy curves for neutral 4-unit charge Coulomb systems containing antihydrogen
It follows from the fall-off conditions (6) that the foliation of spheres constructed in Theorem 4 are untrapped surfaces.
Geometric Analysis and General Relativity
The combined effect of scattering and absorption in the ice leads to a fall off of the light intensity I with an effective propagation length parameter λprop : I (d) ∝ exp(−d/λprop)/d .
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
One observes that the angular distribution falls off faster with higher required multiplicities of the number of hit DOMs.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
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