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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall on
he/she/itfalls on
present participlefalling on
past tensefell on
past participlefallen on

or fall upon mainly literary

  1. 2
    fall on someone to take hold of someone suddenly, either to attack them or to hug them

    She was so grateful she fell on him and kissed him.

  2. 3
    fall on someone if something falls on someone, it is their responsibility to do it

    The burden of caring for elderly parents often falls on women.

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