Idiom:  fall back on


Idiom:  fall back on (something)

  • something else to support someone after problem, failure, etc.

Example sentences

  • Life insurance gives your family something to fall back on if something happens to you.
  • I packed some extra food so you'll have something to fall back on if the stores are closed when you arrive. 
  • We'll have to fall back on our savings if my husband doesn't get a new job soon.
  • After the hurricane destroyed our home, we were very lucky that our cousin had extra furniture and other resources that we could fall back on.
  • There is very little for survivors of the tsunami to fall back on because the economy was devastated.
  • Food stamps is social program that needy people can fall back on to get food for their families in difficult times.
  • What can we fall back on if the convention center isn't available on that date?
  • In the winter, we frequently have to fall back on our generator when the electricity goes out.


  • resort to
  • turn to
  • look to
  • draw on
  • have recourse to

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