fall heir to (something)

fall heir to (something)

To inherit something. Thank you! I fell heir to this pearl necklace when my grandmother died.
See also: fall, heir

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, heir