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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