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überfallen

Meanings

1.
to attack, to assault, to stick up someone, to rob
(Similar to "rauben" but here the focus is on the act of attacking, rather than the taking stuff away. That's not always the goal .Also works for bank robberies and countries invading each other.)

Word Family

Root: *pol-

The core idea of this root was:

falling

It doesn’t have any other relatives besides to fall and fallen (and “to fell” and “fällen”) in German and English and it is notably absent from the Latin branch of the Indo-European family. There, the word for falling was *kadere, which is the origin of words like cadence, incident or case.

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