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devolve (up)on (someone or something)

To become someone else's responsibility, as of a task or job. If Joe is out sick on Monday, I know that sorting the mail will devolve on me.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

devolve (up)on someone or something

[for something, such as a task] to be passed on to someone or a group. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) This job, I am afraid, devolves upon you and you alone. The task of repairing the damage devolved on Diane.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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APD amounts to only a tiny fraction of the taxes the UK has already devolved to Wales, and a continued refusal to devolve it points to a lack of parity within the UK's devolution framework."
There is concern that the funding Mr Osborne is willing to devolve might be far less than the sum proposed by Lord Heseltine, who has identified up to PS70bn in central government and EU funding which he believes could be spent by local bodies across the country.
"We will continue to work with the Welsh Assembly Government as proposals are developed, however there are no plans to devolve alcohol licensing to Wales."
If you're going to devolve the energy consenting process then devolve it and let Welsh Government deliver."
Mr Butler said: "Of all the taxes there is good reason to devolve that on fuel, at least within a band, so that it could then be reduced in rural areas.
Barry Taylor, secretary of Wales ACPO, wrote to the Welsh secretary calling for him to devolve policing as part of the forthcoming government of Wales bill.
He was spelling out the task for Labour in a third term government when he urged colleagues in Whitehall to let go of their power and "devolve choice and control to the people".
Chief executive Margaret lynch stated the position in a letter to the commission, who are drawing up plans to devolve further powers.
THE three main pro-Union parties at Holyrood have come up with their own plans to devolve more powers on issues such as tax-raising and benefits.
AN expert study of proposals to devolve policing to the Welsh Government called for more work to be carried out with officers and probation workers.
The Federation says it would be possible to devolve police powers in Wales without devolving other parts of the criminal justice system.
Mr Jones has written to Theresa May saying her Government's reluctance to devolve APD continues to place unjustifiable constraints on Wales' ability to promote itself abroad and is hindering growth in its aviation sector and wider economy.