fall heir to (something)

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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
References in classic literature ?
If Anne had tumbled off the roof on the side up which she had ascended Diana would probably have fallen heir to the pearl bead ring then and there.
Idly, Nick wondered how it came about that he should have fallen heir to some of Mowbray's lands, and set off an avalanche of speculation.
It might have had something to do with the fact that we had fallen heir to some cedar lumber salvaged from our elder son's deck remodel, and there was plenty to build something more elaborate than a simple post to support the feeder.
While one has to recognize the passage of time, Canada has fallen heir to leaders who have no grasp of the past and offer little hope for the future.
If Mungall had not stood and the SNP had fallen heir to just half of his votes, they could have been winners rather than glorious losers.