fall, verb intransitive

Scottish and North-country EnglishShow more Scottish and North-country English, becoming increasingly common in colloquial British usage. Probably formed by analogy with fall ill; or perhaps originating in religious notions of sexuality and the fall (cf. fallen woman).
Usually in the phrase to fall pregnant. To conceive a child, to become pregnant.
In South African English, the standard expression for many.
1959 L. Longmore Dispossessed 88A number of my informants stated that girls fear sexual intercourse only because they are afraid of falling pregnant.
1972 Evening Post 4 Nov. 8I’d hoped to fall for a baby as soon as we got married, but it’s over six months now.
1973 Drum 22 Jan. 33Your girlfriend is very young to start a sex life. She may be afraid of falling pregnant.
1977 Sunday Times 6 Nov. (Extra) 7We have been in love since 1974. Last year when I was doing form II he paid lobola for me, but unfortunately during the December School Vacations I fell pregnant.
1980 C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo 1In order to make her parents consent to the marriage she fell pregnant.
1987 Fair Lady 18 Feb. 146Paulina had fallen pregnant with her fifth child and had gone home to have it.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 9What do you call getting into a car with a boy and falling pregnant at eighteen, then? An act of genius?
1992 Pace Sept. 53Sometimes, girls will even fall pregnant because they think this will make the boys marry them.
To conceive a child, to become pregnant.
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