devolve (up)on (someone or something)

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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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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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(e.g., plant protection measures adopted by the relevant state authorities to prevent or combat epizooties), devolve upon the owner ("res perit domino").
Considering that much of what Mr Sibal wants changed will devolve upon the states to implement, the importance of this cannot be overstated.
Dominance certainly is one of the most critical factors in whitetail relationships, and it usually does devolve upon a large mature male.
Primary responsibility in families consisting of mother and child, in fact, did devolve upon the female adult.
In this essay he writes, "Positively, I hear us asserting that the special imperatives that devolve upon Jews because of the covenant necessitate our special devotion to the heterosexual, that is, the procreative family" (279).
2) or that "these writings do not devolve upon the comprehensive and systematic; they always delay such aims" (p.
Article 6 of the 1874 state constitution: "In case of death, conviction or impeachment, failure to qualify, resignation, absence from the state or other disability of the governor, the powers, duties and emoluments of the office for the remainder of the term, or until the disability be removed or a governor elected and qualified, shall devolve upon and accrue to the president of the senate."