fall for (1)

Meaning: If you fall for something like a trick or a scam, you believe it's real or genuine even though it's not.

Synonym: be fooled by, be tricked by

For example:

  • fall for sth Don't fall for email scams which promise to make you a lot of money.

  • fall for sth Lots of people fell for our April Fool's joke when we claimed that the UN was going to ban all languages except for English.

Nouns often used as objects with fall for (1): trick, scam, confidence trick, con, joke

Quick Quiz:

If you fall for a scam that promises you millions of dollars if you help someone move money out of another country through your bank account, you will

a. make lots of money

b. lose lots of money

c. save lots of money

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Contributor: Matt Errey