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Difference between Fall back and Fall behind

fall back

1. spring back; recoil:

  • Mizuki watched Yukiko dig through her stuff, then she fell back when she saw her get the box.

2. (of troops) retreat:

  • The army began falling back to prepared lines of defense.

3. lag behind; be outstripped:

  • We thought the horse would win, but he fell back halfway through the race.

fall behind

1. = fall back 3:

  • After about twenty miles the horse slowly but surely falls behind.

2. fail to maintain a schedule of payments, etc.:

  • If your payments of rent fall behind, you will be asked to leave.