fall off

fall off

  1. (transitive and intransitive) To become detached or to drop from.
    A button fell off my coat.
  2. (intransitive) To diminish in size, value, etc.
    Business always falls off in the winter.
    MC ___'s new album is wack - he's fallen off big-time.
  3. (nautical) To change the direction of the sail so as to point in a direction that is more down wind; to bring the bow leeward.
    • 1846, Melville, Typee, chapter 1
      'Why d'ye see, Captain Vangs,' says bold Jack, 'I'm as good a helmsman as ever put hand to spoke; but none of us can steer the old lady now. We can't keep her full and bye, sir; watch her ever so close, she will fall off and then, sir, when I put the helm down so gently, and try like to coax her to the work, she won't take it kindly, but will fall round off again; and it's all because she knows the land is under the lee, sir, and she won't go any more to windward.'
    • 1854, Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Lawrence v. Minturn, Opinion of the Court
      She would not mind her helm, but would fall off; she would settle down aft and take in water over her stern, and plunged heavily forward.
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