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    to fall through

    We originally had someone else attached for the project but he fell through.
    Does it mean the person failed? Is it common to say that a person fell through? I thought fall through refers only to plans and other things, but not to people...

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    Re: to fall through

    Not a teacher

    As far as I'm concerned, one may "make it through" (succeed: eg "It was difficult but I made it through") or "go through" (undergo) or sometimes "fall through" (fail). TBC

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    Re: to fall through

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    We originally had someone else attached for the project but he fell through.
    Does it mean the person failed? Is it common to say that a person fell through? I thought fall through refers only to plans and other things, but not to people...
    I, too, have never heard fall through used in relation to a person. I imagine that it could mean that the person didnīt work out in a particular job. I agree that it usually refers to plans, projects, etc.

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    Re: to fall through

    It's not clear, but I read it that they had had this person lined up to work on the project, but then he got assigned elsewhere. So those plans "fell through."

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    Re: to fall through

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's not clear, but I read it that they had had this person lined up to work on the project, but then he got assigned elsewhere. So those plans "fell through."
    That's the way I read it too.

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    Re: to fall through

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's not clear, but I read it that they had had this person lined up to work on the project, but then he got assigned elsewhere. So those plans "fell through."
    Not a teacher

    I'd rather read it as follows: he got assigned elsewhere as he fell through [to do the project], so the project could fail too.

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