ADJ. bad, nasty, terrible She took a bad fall while out riding. | accidental
VERB + FALL have, suffer, take The doctor says she's had a very nasty fall. | break, cushion Luckily a bush broke his fall. | survive The chances of surviving a fall under a train are almost nil.
PREP. in a/the ~ He was hurt in a fall at his home yesterday. | ~ from She broke her neck in a fall from a horse.
2 of snow/rocks
ADJ. heavy | light | fresh a fresh fall of snow | rock, snow (also snowfall)
PREP. ~ of covered by a light fall of volcanic ash
ADJ. big, dramatic, great, large, marked, massive, significant, substantial a big fall in house prices This triggered the recent dramatic falls on the Tokyo stock exchange. | modest, slight, small | steady | rapid, sharp, steep, sudden, swift | expected, projected a projected fall of 2% | unexpected | continuing, further | overall | catastrophic
VERB + FALL bring, cause, contribute to, lead to, trigger | see, suffer Share prices suffered a slight fall yesterday. | record, reveal, show The opinion polls show a significant fall in her popularity. | report Both companies reported a fall in profits in the first quarter of this year. | represent This figure represents a fall of 21% on the same period last year.
FALL + VERB occur The fall in age at first marriage occurred during the second half of the 18th century.
PREP. ~ in a large fall in share prices
VERB + FALL bring about, cause, contribute to, lead to the actions that led to his eventual fall from power
PREP. ~ from
PHRASES the rise and fall of sth a book charting the rise and fall of the Habsburg Empire
1 drop down towards the ground
ADV. heavily She fell heavily to the ground. | steadily The rain was falling steadily. | down, off, overboard A tile fell off the roof. He fell overboard in heavy seas.
VERB + FALL be about to | let sb/sth She lifted her arm, but then let it fall.
PREP. from, into One of the kids fell into the river. | on the snow falling on the fields | onto Loose bricks were falling down onto the ground. | to The plate fell to the floor.
2 suddenly stop standing
ADV. almost, nearly He stumbled and almost fell. | headlong She fell headlong, with a cry of alarm. | down, over One of the children fell over.
VERB + FALL be about to The house looked as if it was about to fall down.
PHRASES stumble/trip and fall
ADV. dramatically, sharply, significantly, steeply The price of coal fell sharply. | slightly | steadily
VERB + FALL be expected to, be likely to Demand is likely to fall by some 15%. | continue to
PREP. below Winter temperatures never fall below 10°C. | by Expenditure on education fell by 10% last year. | from The number of people unemployed has fallen from two million to just over one and a half million. | to Her voice fell to a whisper.
4 belong to a group
PREP. into Out of over 400 staff there are just 14 that fall into this category. | outside That topic falls outside the scope of this thesis. | under This falls under the heading of scientific research. | within This case falls squarely within the committee's jurisdiction.