fall heir to (something)

fall heir to (something)

To inherit something. Thank you! I fell heir to this pearl necklace when my grandmother died.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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