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Fall through

Posted by Bob on August 16, 2000

In Reply to: Fall through posted by Jess Klein on August 16, 2000

: Fall through - does it mean plans went as planned or not? What is origin? Thanks!

No, it means plans failed.Think of a paper bag with a wet spot: load things in, and they fall through. Or think of a bridge... you plan to cross (in your very heavy vehicle), get halfway across, and the bridge gives way. People use the phrase when plans are thought out thoroughly (but over-optimistically) and feel disappointed when the bottom falls out.