fall heir to

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fall heir to something

1. Lit. to inherit something; to end up with certain possessions of someone who has died. I fell heir to all my grandmother's old photographs.
2. Fig. to end up with having to take care of something that no one else wants; to be placed in charge of something unexpectedly. Bob fell heir to the Wilson project and has to complete what Jane failed to do.
See also: fall
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Last year, however, the fly was sold openly at Rutland Water, and Kinross Angling Club's Allan Smith managed to fall heir to one.
With so many people going abroad or contemplating it, you could just fall heir to a good week on a good beat if you are in the right place at the right time.