Definitions starting with F

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fall

n. [cf. W Car, fall down (of unwed girls) to haves first pregnancy; cf. OED fall (of a woman) to surrender her chastity, e.g. Brit. colloq. "She fell for him" (Hancock p.c.); cf. Scots fa' to fall, to become pregnant CSD; SA to fall pregnant to become pregnant] an unmarried girl's first pregnancy: 1917 He cause my mudder fall (Defries 83). 1966 The girl's "fall" is formally recognized in the seating arrangements in church (Otterbein 43). cf. DOWNFALL (Black)

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Last update: 2010-11-27 13:43
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
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