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  • v. To turn to as a substitute.


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  • But we fall back on the first blessing in verse 3: "Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of THIS PROPHECY."

    Commentary on Revelation

  • Moltke and Von der Tann crossed the Jade bar at 2: 10 p.m., and Hipper signaled all German light cruisers to fall back on the two battle cruisers.

    Castles of Steel

  • The other partisans of a natural explanation while avoiding the word hallucination, eventually fall back on the system of Renan which they merely endeavour to render a little less complicated.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Unnerved, I fall back on my questions, scrawled on an index card.

    Memory of Fire

  • He was forced to fall back on a cohort of auxiliaries stationed at Enna, quite a distance from Heracleia Minoa, but the closest force of any size nonetheless.

    The First Man in Rome

  • A middle-aged, middle-class, middle-western white boy had only his expected naiveté to fall back on when the emotional roads got rough.


  • Kluge: On our extreme northern wing we can fall back on our prepared positions at Velikiye Luki, as I suggested.


  • 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

  • Hipper ordered Moltke to fall back on the battle fleet.

    Castles of Steel

  • If Dasie's magic failed, they would fall back on the fire-pots that some of the warriors carried.

    Renegade's Magic


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