fall back upon

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He, I know--for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made--thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end.
Good," replied Nicholl; "your projectiles would have no effect on the sun; they would fall back upon the earth after some minutes.
He also observed that if the projectile did not succeed in reaching its destination (a result absolutely impossible), it must inevitably fall back upon the earth, and that the shock of such a mass, multiplied by the square of its velocity, would seriously endanger every point of the globe.
Each captain then had to fall back upon individual action and his own devices; one would see triumph in what another read as a cue for flight and despair.
Swansea should be OK, because they have the goals of the brilliant Michu and the splendid leadership of Michael Laudrup to fall back upon.
There is the back-row that finished on the weekend against Scotland, and we've got Aaron Shingler, James King and Andrew Coombs to fall back upon.
WEST BOYLSTON - When "Days of Play" returns to West Boylston over school vacation in April, the expanded program will have experience to fall back upon as it moves forward in its expanded format.
According to him, many of those he is assisting do not wish to return to their homeland as they have nothing to fall back upon.
But while Q1 was written off due to weather related issues, there is no handy excuse to fall back upon this time around.
With no Ross McCormack to fall back upon following his PS11million summer move to Fulham, the visitors were toothless.
Gold is also seen as a reserve to fall back upon during lean days.
It is known that most of the workers are unable to save and when they lose their jobs or go back home, they have nothing to fall back upon.