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fallout

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1  —as in:
radioactive fallout
Definition the radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion
  • They built a fallout shelter after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
fallout = the radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • An airburst increases the area destroyed by a nuclear blast force and decreases local fallout.
  • Everybody was putting fallout shelters in their backyards, canning tap water, getting ready for the end of time.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • fallout = related to radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion
  • When the authorities in Tallahassee suspected that the fallout from Jacksonville, carried by the east wind, would blanket the state capital, they ordered evacuation.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • fallout = the radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion
  • Thirteen students in my class made fallout-shelter models for their science project, which shows it was not just me worried about it.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
fallout = related to radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion

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2  —as in:
fallout from the failure
Definition any adverse and unwanted secondary effect

or much more rarely:  a positive or neutral secondary effect
  • The company is trying to minimize the fallout from the accounting scandal.
fallout = any adverse and unwanted secondary effect

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