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 Fall Flat (To).Fall From (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fall Foul.
To fall foul of one is to make an assault on someone. A sea term. A rope is said to be foul when it is entangled; and one ship falls foul of another when it runs against her and prevents her free progress. Hence to run up against, to assault.   1

 Fall Flat (To).Fall From (To). 


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