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Verb: fall back on
Meaning: to be able to use in an emergency.
I have nothing to fall back on.
He has no friends to fall back on.
Mr Iuchi has no one to fall back on.
We must have something to fall back on.
We’ll have to fall back on our reserves.
When I was badly off, I fell back on him.
I can fall back on my savings if I lose my job.
Teachers shouldn’t fall back on their authority.
In an emergency you can fall back on your savings.
It is always useful to have savings to fall back on.
I fell back on the reserve tank when the gas ran out.
I’ve used up my wages, but I have my bank account to fall back on.
If you run out of cash, you can fall back on your savings in the bank.
Many families had lost their savings during the war and had nothing to fall back on.
For us, English was the language to fall back on when we couldn’t make ourselves understood in French.