fall back

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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to remain behind)
a. quedarse atrás
Tomas fell back to have a private word with Gina.Tomás se quedó atrás para hablar con Gina en privado.
b. quedarse rezagado
We suddenly noticed that Jose had fallen back and was lost in thought.Nos dimos cuenta de repente de que José se había quedado rezagado y que estaba ensimismado.
2. (to jump back)
a. retroceder
The woman was so moved that she fell back and nearly fainted.La mujer se conmovió tanto que retrocedió y por poco se desmaya.
b. echarse hacia atrás
Ethan fell back in terror when he saw the creature.Ethan se echó hacia atrás en terror cuando vio la criatura.
3. (military; to move away from combat)
a. replegarse
We suffered many casualties and had to fall back.Sostuvimos muchas bajas y tuvimos que replegarnos.
b. retirarse
The troops fell back to their fortified position.La tropa se retiró a su posición fortificada.
4. (to decrease)
a. descender
The price of oil fell back $.20 today.El precio del petróleo descendió por $.20 hoy.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
5. (military; retreat)
a. repliéguense
"Fall back!" shouted the colonel to the soldiers."¡Repliéguense!" gritó el coronel a los soldados.
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fall back
1 (retreat) retroceder; (Mil) replegarse
it fell back into the sea volvió a caer al mar
3 [+price etc] bajar
to fall back on sth [+remedy etc] recurrir a algo; something to fall back on algo a lo que recurrir
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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