from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A disagreement; a quarrel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A quarrel; a dispute. See to fall out, under fall, intransitive verb

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A rift between people or groups, often following a disagreement or quarrel


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  • After a falling-out in 1948, Adolf founded Adidas and Rudolf set up Puma AG, which is also based in the town.

    Adidas Aims for 2012 Gold

  • The workaholic, outspoken star of Channel 4's fly-on-the-wall documentary The Model Agency is the woman Naomi Campbell called "Mum" for years until they had a big falling-out.

    London fashion week losing out to rivals as catwalk season gets under way

  • PA Mick McCarthy insists there has been no falling-out with the Wolves fans who called for him to be sacked and believes he has had "wonderful support" from the majority during his five seasons at Molineux.

    Football news in brief

  • Cristina and Owen have their latest falling-out once she decides to terminate her surprise pregnancy, having no desire for motherhood despite Owen's joy and insistence that "I imagine such a huge life for us."

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • The current state of play between Ferrari and the FIA, with Luca di Montezemolo threatening to withdraw from the sport, and Max Mosley asserting that Formula 1 could survive without Ferrari, is perhaps akin to a falling-out, then, between lovers.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • In the next issue, the end of the arc, Tim has a falling-out with Stephanie Brown -- his ally, occasional girlfriend, and brief-lived replacement as Robin.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • But the two families had a falling-out, for reasons Kendall won't disclose, and she became an early Angle backer.

    In Nevada, it's can't live with Reid or without him

  • The players, on the other hand, say they feel undervalued and mistreated: the current falling-out has seen Gayle accuse the WICB of failing to communicate with him over injury and selection issues and Chanderpaul—the team's top-performing batsman of recent years—complain that his batting has been subject to ongoing meddling by management, even during games, and that he was even recently asked to retire.

    Poor Board, Poor Team

  • Does that lead to his falling-out with the Green Arrow and, eventually, his heroin addiction?

    Teen Titans

  • He was given official responsibility when he became the team's captain in 2008, but he resigned five months later after a falling-out over management style with coach Peter Moores, who also lost his job.

    Cool-Hand Trott Leads Way


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