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 for To fall out
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Out \Out\ (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and
     [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G.
     aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr.
     ud. [root]198. Cf. About, But, prep., Carouse, Utter,
     In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior
     of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in
     a position or relation which is exterior to something; --
     opposed to in or into. The something may be expressed
     after of, from, etc. (see Out of, below); or, if not
     expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the
     house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out
     from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is used in a
     variety of applications, as: 
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     1. Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a
        usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual,
        place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out.
        Opposite of in. "My shoulder blade is out." --Shak.
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              He hath been out (of the country) nine years.
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     2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy,
        constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in
        concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of
        freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter
        of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed
        out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out,
        or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is
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              Leaves are out and perfect in a month. --Bacon.
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              She has not been out [in general society] very long.
                                                    --H. James.
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     3. Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to
        the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of
        extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the
        fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out. "Hear
        me out." --Dryden.
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              Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
                                                    --Ps. iv. 23.
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              When the butt is out, we will drink water. --Shak.
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     4. Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or
        into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of
        office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the
        Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money
        out at interest. "Land that is out at rack rent." --Locke.
        "He was out fifty pounds." --Bp. Fell.
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              I have forgot my part, and I am out.  --Shak.
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     5. Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct,
        proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or
        incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement,
        opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation. "Lancelot
        and I are out." --Shak.
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              Wicked men are strangely out in the calculating of
              their own interest.                   --South.
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              Very seldom out, in these his guesses. --Addison.
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     6. Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the
        state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
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     7. Out of fashion; unfashionable; no longer in current vogue;
     Note: Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with
           the same significations that it has as a separate word;
           as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo,
           outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under
           Over, adv.
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     Day in, day out, from the beginning to the limit of each of
        several days; day by day; every day.
     Out at, Out in, Out on, etc., elliptical phrases, that
        to which out refers as a source, origin, etc., being
        omitted; as, out (of the house and) at the barn; out (of
        the house, road, fields, etc., and) in the woods.
              Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
              Out into the west, as the sun went down. --C.
     Note: In these lines after out may be understood, "of the
           harbor," "from the shore," "of sight," or some similar
           phrase. The complete construction is seen in the
           saying: "Out of the frying pan into the fire."
     Out from, a construction similar to out of (below). See
        Of and From.
     Out of, a phrase which may be considered either as composed
        of an adverb and a preposition, each having its
        appropriate office in the sentence, or as a compound
        preposition. Considered as a preposition, it denotes, with
        verbs of movement or action, from the interior of; beyond
        the limit: from; hence, origin, source, motive, departure,
        separation, loss, etc.; -- opposed to in or into; also
        with verbs of being, the state of being derived, removed,
        or separated from. Examples may be found in the phrases
        below, and also under Vocabulary words; as, out of breath;
        out of countenance.
     Out of cess, beyond measure, excessively. --Shak.
     Out of character, unbecoming; improper.
     Out of conceit with, not pleased with. See under Conceit.
     Out of date, not timely; unfashionable; antiquated.
     Out of door, Out of doors, beyond the doors; from the
        house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air;
        hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under
        Door, also, Out-of-door, Outdoor, Outdoors, in the
        Vocabulary. "He 's quality, and the question's out of
        door," --Dryden.
     Out of favor, disliked; under displeasure.
     Out of frame, not in correct order or condition; irregular;
        disarranged. --Latimer.
     Out of hand, immediately; without delay or preparation;
        without hesitation or debate; as, to dismiss a suggestion
        out of hand. "Ananias . . . fell down and died out of
        hand." --Latimer.
     Out of harm's way, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
     Out of joint, not in proper connection or adjustment;
        unhinged; disordered. "The time is out of joint." --Shak.
     Out of mind, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
        of memory; as, time out of mind.
     Out of one's head, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
        in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
     Out of one's time, beyond one's period of minority or
     Out of order, not in proper order; disarranged; in
     Out of place, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
        proper or becoming.
     Out of pocket, in a condition of having expended or lost
        more money than one has received.
     Out of print, not in market, the edition printed being
        exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
     Out of the question, beyond the limits or range of
        consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
     Out of reach, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
     Out of season, not in a proper season or time; untimely;
     Out of sorts, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
        unhappy; cross. See under Sort, n.
     Out of temper, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
     Out of time, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
     Out of time, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
        agreeing temper; fretful.
     Out of twist, Out of winding, or Out of wind, not in
        warped condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
     Out of use, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
     Out of the way.
        (a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
        (b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
     Out of the woods, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
        doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
     Out to out, from one extreme limit to another, including
        the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to
     Out West, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
        Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
     To come out, To cut out, To fall out, etc. See under
        Come, Cut, Fall, etc.
     To make out See to make out under make, v. t. and v.
     To put out of the way, to kill; to destroy.
     Week in, week out. See Day in, day out (above).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fall \Fall\ (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. Fell (f[e^]l); p. p.
     Fallen (f[add]l"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Falling.] [AS.
     feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen,
     Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere
     to deceive, Gr. sfa`llein to cause to fall, Skr. sphal,
     sphul, to tremble. Cf. Fail, Fell, v. t., to cause to
     1. To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to
        descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, the
        apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the
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              I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. --Luke
                                                    x. 18.
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     2. To cease to be erect; to take suddenly a recumbent
        posture; to become prostrate; to drop; as, a child totters
        and falls; a tree falls; a worshiper falls on his knees.
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              I fell at his feet to worship him.    --Rev. xix.
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     3. To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty;
        -- with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the
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     4. To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die
        by violence, as in battle.
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              A thousand shall fall at thy side.    --Ps. xci. 7.
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              He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting,
              fell.                                 --Byron.
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     5. To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose
        strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind
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     6. To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; -- said of
        the young of certain animals. --Shak.
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     7. To decline in power, glory, wealth, or importance; to
        become insignificant; to lose rank or position; to decline
        in weight, value, price etc.; to become less; as, the
        price falls; stocks fell two points.
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              I am a poor fallen man, unworthy now
              To be thy lord and master.            --Shak.
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              The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and
              vanished.                             --Sir J.
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     8. To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.
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              Heaven and earth will witness,
              If Rome must fall, that we are innocent. --Addison.
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     9. To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded;
        to sink into vice, error, or sin; to depart from the
        faith; to apostatize; to sin.
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              Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest
              any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
                                                    --Heb. iv. 11.
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     10. To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be
         worse off than before; as, to fall into error; to fall
         into difficulties.
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     11. To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or
         appear dejected; -- said of the countenance.
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               Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
                                                    --Gen. iv. 5.
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               I have observed of late thy looks are fallen.
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     12. To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our
         spirits rise and fall with our fortunes.
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     13. To pass somewhat suddenly, and passively, into a new
         state of body or mind; to become; as, to fall asleep; to
         fall into a passion; to fall in love; to fall into
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     14. To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to
         issue; to terminate.
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               The Romans fell on this model by chance. --Swift.
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               Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the
               matter will fall.                    --Ruth. iii.
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               They do not make laws, they fall into customs. --H.
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     15. To come; to occur; to arrive.
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               The vernal equinox, which at the Nicene Council
               fell on the 21st of March, falls now [1694] about
               ten days sooner.                     --Holder.
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     16. To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or
         hurry; as, they fell to blows.
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               They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart
               and soul.                            --Jowett
                                                    (Thucyd. ).
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     17. To pass or be transferred by chance, lot, distribution,
         inheritance, or otherwise; as, the estate fell to his
         brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.
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     18. To belong or appertain.
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               If to her share some female errors fall,
               Look on her face, and you'll forget them all.
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     19. To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded
         expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from
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     To fall abroad of (Naut.), to strike against; -- applied to
        one vessel coming into collision with another.
     To fall among, to come among accidentally or unexpectedly.
     To fall astern (Naut.), to move or be driven backward; to
        be left behind; as, a ship falls astern by the force of a
        current, or when outsailed by another.
     To fall away.
         (a) To lose flesh; to become lean or emaciated; to pine.
         (b) To renounce or desert allegiance; to revolt or rebel.
         (c) To renounce or desert the faith; to apostatize.
             "These . . . for a while believe, and in time of
             temptation fall away." --Luke viii. 13.
         (d) To perish; to vanish; to be lost. "How . . . can the
             soul . . . fall away into nothing?" --Addison.
         (e) To decline gradually; to fade; to languish, or become
             faint. "One color falls away by just degrees, and
             another rises insensibly." --Addison.
     To fall back.
         (a) To recede or retreat; to give way.
         (b) To fail of performing a promise or purpose; not to
     To fall back upon or To fall back on.
         (a) (Mil.) To retreat for safety to (a stronger position
             in the rear, as to a fort or a supporting body of
         (b) To have recourse to (a reserved fund, a more reliable
             alternative, or some other available expedient or
     To fall calm, to cease to blow; to become calm.
     To fall down.
         (a) To prostrate one's self in worship. "All kings shall
             fall down before him." --Ps. lxxii. 11.
         (b) To sink; to come to the ground. "Down fell the
             beauteous youth." --Dryden.
         (c) To bend or bow, as a suppliant.
         (d) (Naut.) To sail or drift toward the mouth of a river
             or other outlet.
     To fall flat, to produce no response or result; to fail of
        the intended effect; as, his speech fell flat.
     To fall foul of.
         (a) (Naut.) To have a collision with; to become entangled
         (b) To attack; to make an assault upon.
     To fall from, to recede or depart from; not to adhere to;
        as, to fall from an agreement or engagement; to fall from
        allegiance or duty.
     To fall from grace (M. E. Ch.), to sin; to withdraw from
        the faith.
     To fall home (Ship Carp.), to curve inward; -- said of the
        timbers or upper parts of a ship's side which are much
        within a perpendicular.
     To fall in.
         (a) To sink inwards; as, the roof fell in.
         (b) (Mil.) To take one's proper or assigned place in
             line; as, to fall in on the right.
         (c) To come to an end; to terminate; to lapse; as, on the
             death of Mr. B., the annuuity, which he had so long
             received, fell in.
         (d) To become operative. "The reversion, to which he had
             been nominated twenty years before, fell in."
     To fall into one's hands, to pass, often suddenly or
        unexpectedly, into one's ownership or control; as, to
        spike cannon when they are likely to fall into the hands
        of the enemy.
     To fall in with.
         (a) To meet with accidentally; as, to fall in with a
         (b) (Naut.) To meet, as a ship; also, to discover or come
             near, as land.
         (c) To concur with; to agree with; as, the measure falls
             in with popular opinion.
         (d) To comply; to yield to. "You will find it difficult
             to persuade learned men to fall in with your
             projects." --Addison.
     To fall off.
         (a) To drop; as, fruits fall off when ripe.
         (b) To withdraw; to separate; to become detached; as,
             friends fall off in adversity. "Love cools,
             friendship falls off, brothers divide." --Shak.
         (c) To perish; to die away; as, words fall off by disuse.
         (d) To apostatize; to forsake; to withdraw from the
             faith, or from allegiance or duty.
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                   Those captive tribes . . . fell off
                   From God to worship calves.      --Milton.
         (e) To forsake; to abandon; as, his customers fell off.
         (f) To depreciate; to change for the worse; to
             deteriorate; to become less valuable, abundant, or
             interesting; as, a falling off in the wheat crop; the
             magazine or the review falls off. "O Hamlet, what a
             falling off was there!" --Shak.
         (g) (Naut.) To deviate or trend to the leeward of the
             point to which the head of the ship was before
             directed; to fall to leeward.
     To fall on.
         (a) To meet with; to light upon; as, we have fallen on
             evil days.
         (b) To begin suddenly and eagerly. "Fall on, and try the
             appetite to eat." --Dryden.
         (c) To begin an attack; to assault; to assail. "Fall on,
             fall on, and hear him not." --Dryden.
         (d) To drop on; to descend on.
     To fall out.
         (a) To quarrel; to begin to contend.
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                   A soul exasperated in ills falls out
                   With everything, its friend, itself. --Addison.
         (b) To happen; to befall; to chance. "There fell out a
             bloody quarrel betwixt the frogs and the mice."
         (c) (Mil.) To leave the ranks, as a soldier.
     To fall over.
         (a) To revolt; to desert from one side to another.
         (b) To fall beyond. --Shak.
     To fall short, to be deficient; as, the corn falls short;
        they all fall short in duty.
     To fall through, to come to nothing; to fail; as, the
        engageent has fallen through.
     To fall to, to begin. "Fall to, with eager joy, on homely
        food." --Dryden.
     To fall under.
         (a) To come under, or within the limits of; to be
             subjected to; as, they fell under the jurisdiction of
             the emperor.
         (b) To come under; to become the subject of; as, this
             point did not fall under the cognizance or
             deliberations of the court; these things do not fall
             under human sight or observation.
         (c) To come within; to be ranged or reckoned with; to be
             subordinate to in the way of classification; as,
             these substances fall under a different class or
     To fall upon.
         (a) To attack. [See To fall on.]
         (b) To attempt; to have recourse to. "I do not intend to
             fall upon nice disquisitions." --Holder.
         (c) To rush against.
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     Note: Fall primarily denotes descending motion, either in a
           perpendicular or inclined direction, and, in most of
           its applications, implies, literally or figuratively,
           velocity, haste, suddenness, or violence. Its use is so
           various, and so mush diversified by modifying words,
           that it is not easy to enumerate its senses in all its
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