Meaning of fall to in English:

fall to

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phrasal verb

  • 1fall to someone(of a task) become the duty or responsibility of someone.

    ‘it fell to me to write to Shephard’
    • ‘Perhaps the hardest task of all falls to Korea, who will open proceedings on Wednesday with a game against the defending world champions.’
    • ‘Given that the Conservatives and the media cannot finish him off, this task may well fall to the Labour Party itself.’
    • ‘Last night, this thankless task fell to Richard Wilson, who coped magnificently as one would expect.’
    • ‘Doclar would be most displeased with the news, but the duty fell to Kul to inform him.’
    • ‘Since Croatia could never leave the Everton forward downcast, the task fell to Eriksson.’
    • ‘I had rather anticipated that Mr Pannick would be doing this, however he is unfortunately detained in another court so the responsibility falls to me.’
    • ‘On Election Day, the primary responsibility for voter education falls to Election Day workers.’
    • ‘That duty falls to us, the citizens, by the oath we have sworn, to uphold the principles of democracy and good government.’
    • ‘So since they can't do it, the duty falls to Bledsoe to take better care of the ball.’
    • ‘They say the whole idea is to recreate another Eden and the task falls to Jurgens Wilson.’
    • ‘If our governments fail to act to end genocide, the responsibility falls to us.’
    • ‘Ben had hoped Doc Martin would be available to tend his son, but now found that responsibility falling to him.’
    • ‘Jocelyn, on the other hand, was counting the extra tasks that would fall to her during his leave.’
    • ‘It may however fall to Clarke to begin uniting the Tory left under Portillo.’
    • ‘In any event, the task of searching the police national computer fell to Cambridgeshire constabulary.’
    • ‘The task of determining asylum seekers' status falls to the UNHCR.’
    • ‘The huge task of putting this production together falls to director Simon Barry, 49, from London.’
    • ‘Not for the first time, the task of preserving our ancient freedoms falls to the House of Lords.’
    • ‘Doctors in the borough are being given the chance to opt out of working evenings and weekends with the responsibility for filling any gaps falling to Hounslow Primary Care Trust.’
    • ‘The task of selling Britain's Dome will now fall to a 34-year-old Frenchman.’
    be the responsibility of, be the duty of, be borne by, be one's job, be one's task
    fail, be unsuccessful, come to nothing, come to naught, fail to happen, miscarry, abort, go awry, be frustrated, collapse, founder, come to grief
    1. 1.1(of property) revert to the ownership of someone.
      ‘land unclaimed after due notice given falls to the lord of the manor’
      • ‘He plans on having the cousins fall in love and marry, so that her property will fall to him when Linton dies.’
      • ‘When this manager died, the property fell to all the children.’
      • ‘When he dies, the property falls to Hindley, who treats the former favorite as a servant.’
      • ‘The family-owned meatpacking business closed more than three decades ago, and the property fell to the county in the late 1990s because of unpaid taxes.’
  • 2fall to doing somethingBegin to do something.

    ‘he fell to musing about how it had happened’
    • ‘And the sons of Israel fell to doing what was bad in the eyes of Jehovah.’
    • ‘When her mistress left her, she fell to doing her work slowly again, and sometimes she paused to listen to the talk in the bathhouse behind her.’