from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See To fall away, To fall off, etc., under Fall, v. i.


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  • Olivia? she said sitting up slowly, the blanket falling away from her naked breasts.


  • Everyone, just get rest, he said and disappeared down the stairway, his footsteps falling away like the drumbeats of a passing funeral parade.


  • Kingdoms of Juda and Israel: Jeroboam's falling away from God and worship of the golden calf, the continuous wars between the succeeding kings of Israel and Juda up to Achab, the endeavours on the part of Elias to bring back to God the people misled by Achab, the destructive alliances between the house of Achab and the house of

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • The lowered head jerked up, the curtaining hair falling away from the face.

    the ship who sang

  • But then, squinting as the pinwheels faded in the glare of the lamps, she was able to see that the thing flying around the top of the Moonlight Tower had feathers only on its wings — and that some of those feathers were falling away and drifting down to the street.


  • The water was falling away so fast that they were dropping through air, suspended half in and half out of the water, tumbling weightlessly against the chunks of ice that were splintering around them.

    Crusader Gold

  • Of a strictly religious, aIthough not narrow, disposition, he sought at any cost to keep his subjects from falling away from the Church, but his methods of attaining his object were not always free from reproach.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • What is this to the falling away of our baptized scholars!

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • It was full nine o'clock before the Woman's household was all settled and she had come out upon the stoop of the Eighteen-Mile House to talk, the moon coming up out of Shoshone land, all the hollow of the desert falling away before us, filled with the glitter of that surpassing wonder, the moon-mirage.

    The Woman at Eighteen-Mile

  • The hillside behind it was a rich tumble of evergreens mixed with stands of beech and birch and oak, falling away to well-manicured lawn that swept like a thick-piled carpet around the tidy white building with its oval-topped stained-glass windows well spaced along both side walls.

    Drowned Hopes


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