Hair falling off/falling out

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Senior Member
Bulgarian - Yellow Beach
I usually hear that someone's hair is falling out. On the internet however I came across "My hair is falling off..." Is that correct as well? Hairs have roots and logically, they fall out. Isn't "fall off" ridiculously wrong?
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    Do a search, or look at ngram. It is clear that there are only a tiny number of "off"s compared to "out"s. I wouldn't say that it is "ridiculously" wrong, but it's very clearly not the usual expression.


    Senior Member
    Dutch (the Nederlands)
    You can say "my hair is falling off" in case it's a wig, or just lose hairs on your head. But that would be strange, so in almost all cases, use "out".
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