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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fall through, fall flat, founder, flop(verb)

    fail utterly; collapse

    "The project foundered"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fall through(verb)ɔl

    to not be completed or happen

    The deal fell through at the last minute.


  1. fall through(Verb)

    To be unsuccessful, abort, come to nothing/naught; to be cancelled; not to proceed.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fall through

    (n. fallthrough, var.: fall-through) 1. To exit a loop by exhaustion, i.e., by having fulfilled its exit condition rather than via a break or exception condition that exits from the middle of it. This usage appears to be really old, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. 2. To fail a test that would have passed control to a subroutine or some other distant portion of code. 3. In C, ‘fall-through’ occurs when the flow of execution in a switch statement reaches a case label other than by jumping there from the switch header, passing a point where one would normally expect to find a break. A trivial example: switch (color) { case GREEN:    do_green();    break; case PINK:    do_pink();    /* FALL THROUGH */ case RED:    do_red();    break; default:    do_blue();    break; } The variant spelling /* FALL THRU */ is also common.The effect of the above code is to do_green() when color is GREEN, do_red() when color is RED, do_blue() on any other color other than PINK, and (and this is the important part) do_pink() and then do_red() when color is PINK. Fall-through is considered harmful by some, though there are contexts (such as the coding of state machines) in which it is natural; it is generally considered good practice to include a comment highlighting the fall-through where one would normally expect a break. See also Duff's device.

Anagrams of fall through

  1. throughfall

Translations for fall through

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

fall through

(of plans etc) to fail or come to nothing

Our plans fell through.

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