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  • v. To retreat.


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  • The community will frequently fall back into chaos or even pseudocommunity in the process.


  • He issued directions for all the forces east of the Blue Ridge to fall back to the line of the Rappahannock River.22


  • General Wright's VI Corps men had lost most of their guns in the first Confederate onrush, and by 10 o'clock, as bright sun drove away the morning fog, had to fall back to the "third position" where Crook's troops and the XIX Corps were waiting the next turn of the battle.


  • It is agreed between us that when at midnight he shall see our signal-fire he shall light his own as an answer, and shall then at once fall back upon the main army.

    The Adventures of Gerard

  • He, I know -- for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made -- thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end.

    The Time Machine

  • As the evaporations of the river feed thus these unsuspected springs which filter through its banks, so, perchance, our aspirations fall back again in springs on the margin of life's stream to refresh and purify it.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • They could fall back on two recent, but highly inconclusive studies that support the autism-is-genetic paradigm, and continue to reject the environmental hypothesis.

    The Panic Virus

  • Recoiling from my sudden liberation, my left arm flings downcanyon, opening my shoulders to the south, and I fall back against the northern wall of the canyon, my mind surfing on euphoria.

    127 Hours

  • “Bring us about, and fall back half a tolloc, in case the da Vinci doubles back on its current heading.”

    Creative Couplings

  • Pickett thought he saw indications of a direct assault on Petersburg, and he sent insistent demands for the troops at the Junction to fall back to the good defensible ground at Swift Creek.



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