fall back on
Meaning: to use or do something else because what you used or did first has failed
- 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.
After his band broke up and his career in music ended, John had to fall back on
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Contributor: Matt Errey