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What does 'fall back on' mean?



 
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What does 'fall back on' mean? #1 (permalink) Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:54 am   What does 'fall back on' mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #176 "Phrasal idioms with the verb 'fall'", question 7

She had no family support system to ........., and she couldn't afford daycare.

(a) fall behind
(b) fall behind in
(c) fall back on
(d) fall off

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #176 "Phrasal idioms with the verb 'fall'", answer 7

She had no family support system to fall back on, and she couldn't afford daycare.

Correct answer: (c) fall back on

Your answer was: incorrect
She had no family support system to fall behind, and she couldn't afford daycare.
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Does to fall back on mean to rely on?
She had no family support system to rely on it as to be able to afford daycare.
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What does 'fall back on' mean? #2 (permalink) Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:55 pm   What does 'fall back on' mean?
 

Yes. Rely on as an alternative, have recourse to.
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What does 'fall back on' mean? #3 (permalink) Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:56 pm   What does 'fall back on' mean?
 

That's correct, Nenad.
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