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fall to (one)

To become one's task or responsibility, especially due to the absence or renunciation of someone else. My husband's been away all week, so all of the household chores have fallen to me. Following the CEO's resignation, control of the company falls to the Vice President, Sarah McGintley.
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fall to someone

Fig. to become the responsibility of someone. It always falls to me to apologize first. Why does it fall to me to answer the telephone every time it rings?
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fall to

to begin doing something; to prepare to do something and go to work on it. She asked for help, and everyone fell to. Fall to, you guys!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fall to

Energetically begin an activity, set to work, as in As soon as they had the right tools, they fell to work on the house. This expression is also often used to mean "begin to eat." Charles Dickens so used it in American Notes (1842): "We fall-to upon these dainties." [Late 1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fall to

v.
1. To be passed on to someone as a duty or responsibility; be incumbent upon someone: Now that your brothers and sisters are at college, it falls to you to mow the lawn.
2. To begin an activity energetically: When I entered high school, I fell to soccer with a passion.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
That night they camped in the valley beyond the hills, and as they sat before a little fire where cooked a wild pig that had fallen to one of Tarzan's arrows, the latter sat lost in speculation.
At the end of March the clinical consultation rate for flu-like illness diagnosed by GPs had fallen to one case per 100,000 people.
But by 2006, this ratio had fallen to one out of every 46.
The number of people in the region looking for a new home has fallen to one in seven, while the number prepared to sell has fallen to one in 19- for every ten homes for sale, 27 people want to buy.