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 for To try a fall
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fall \Fall\, n.
     1. The act of falling; a dropping or descending be the force
        of gravity; descent; as, a fall from a horse, or from the
        yard of ship.
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     2. The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as,
        he was walking on ice, and had a fall.
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     3. Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin.
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              They thy fall conspire.               --Denham.
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              Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit
              before a fall.                        --Prov. xvi.
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     4. Downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office;
        termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin;
        overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire.
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              Beholds thee glorious only in thy fall. --Pope.
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     5. The surrender of a besieged fortress or town; as, the fall
        of Sebastopol.
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     6. Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation;
        as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents.
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     7. A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at
        the close of a sentence.
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     8. Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope.
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     9. Descent of water; a cascade; a cataract; a rush of water
        down a precipice or steep; -- usually in the plural,
        sometimes in the singular; as, the falls of Niagara.
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     10. The discharge of a river or current of water into the
         ocean, or into a lake or pond; as, the fall of the Po
         into the Gulf of Venice. --Addison.
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     11. Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as,
         the water of a stream has a fall of five feet.
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     12. The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn.
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               What crowds of patients the town doctor kills,
               Or how, last fall, he raised the weekly bills.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     13. That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy
         fall of snow.
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     14. The act of felling or cutting down. "The fall of timber."
         --Johnson.
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     15. Lapse or declension from innocence or goodness.
         Specifically: The first apostasy; the act of our first
         parents in eating the forbidden fruit; also, the apostasy
         of the rebellious angels.
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     16. Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling
         band; a faule. --B. Jonson.
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     17. That part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the
         power is applied in hoisting.
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     Fall herring (Zool.), a herring of the Atlantic ({Clupea
        mediocris); -- also called tailor herring, and hickory
        shad.
  
     To try a fall, to try a bout at wrestling. --Shak.
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