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Princeton's WordNet

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

    fail utterly; collapse

    "The project foundered"


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fall through in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fall through in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeff Miller:

    No veteran should ever fall through the cracks when attempting to receive the care they have earned.

  2. Carlo Calenda:

    I think (the TTIP deal) will fall through, and the agreement with Canada is at risk of doing the same. We have been negotiating it for too long.

  3. Carlo Calenda:

    I think (the U.S. deal) will fall through, and the agreement with Canada is at risk of doing the same. We have been negotiating it for too long.

  4. Howard Finkelstein:

    This kid didn’t have to fall through the cracks. He screamed for help, and we failed him, he should never go free. Let him plead guilty and send him to prison for life.

  5. Colette Auerswald:

    We need to focus on having an appropriate safety net for kids who do fall through the cracks because of poverty or abuse, the kinds of solutions that these children, adolescents and young adults need are not adult solutions.

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