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

Examples:

  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.

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  • 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:

[Merriam-Webster]
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.

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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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