This is the sentence I have problems with:

It was the second straight overtime game for Tulsa, which fell to Washington on Monday.

source:link to article

Obviously it's a sports report about WNBA.

What does fall to mean here? Is it a technical term specific to sports?

  • "fell to" means they "lost to", just sport-writerese
    – Xanne
    Nov 28 '17 at 7:27

It is an extension of the usage of fall referring to sports events meaning “to be defeated”:

To fall:

to succumb to attack: The city fell to the enemy.


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