Hair falling off/falling out

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GandalfMB

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Bulgarian - Yellow Beach
Hello,
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.
     

    NLmarkSE

    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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