I would like to know the meaning of the phrasal verb "to fall away" in the following context.


  1. After I got that big promotion, I found that a lot of my old friends at work fell away.

  2. After the divorce, all his friends fell away one by one.

  • They disappeared because you were no longer in their scene. Apr 25, 2020 at 23:19

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Fall away is a specific verbal phrase:

intransitive verb
1 a : to withdraw friendship or support
1 b : to renounce one's faith
2 a : to diminish gradually in size
2 b : to drift off a course

The examples in the question are covered by the first sense in this definition—the lessening of a friendship, or losing touch with someone.


In this usage, "fell away" means that they have moved or dropped out of your social circle.

'Fell' is the past tense of 'fall.' In this case the definition is

: a falling out, off, or away : DROPPING

Meriam-Webster - Fall

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