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fall, verb intransitive

Origin:
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.
Note:
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.
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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