fall on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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. 1
    fall on something to start eating food or start using something as soon as it arrives, in a way that shows you want it very much
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

See also main entry: fall