fall back on

Meaning: to use or do something else because what you used or did first has failed

For example:

  • fall back on sth If you get your degree, you'll have something to fall back on if you can't make a living as an artist.

  • fall back on sth Luckily Jenny had teaching to fall back on after her business failed.

Quick Quiz:

After his band broke up and his career in music ended, John had to fall back on

a. his accounting degree

b. a holiday in Europe

c. his hobbies

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