Fell into her lap - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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fall into (one's) lap
To be received unexpectedly or without effort. I didn't steal the internship from you—it fell into my lap, I swear! Your aunt has decided to get a new car, so her old one might fall into your lap.
fall into one's lap
Fig. [for something of great value or usefulness] to be given or granted to someone without having been requested. Some valuable antique jewelry just fell into his lap. His late mother had kept it hidden for years.
fall into your lap or
drop into your lap
If something good falls into your lap or drops into your lap, you get it without making any effort. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. She doesn't really know what to do with the large cheques that regularly fall in to her lap. It would not be safe to assume that victory will drop into our lap at the next election.
fall (or drop) into someone's lap (of something pleasant or desirable) come someone's way without any effort having been made.
drop/fall into somebody’s ˈlap (informal) be obtained without any effort: A job’s not going to just fall in your lap, you know. You’ll have to go out and find one!
References in classic literature
Six weeks is a long time to wait, and a still longer time for a girl to keep a secret, but Jo did both, and was just beginning to give up all hope of ever seeing her manuscript again, when a letter arrived which almost took her breath away, for on opening it, a check for a hundred dollars fell into her lap
However, she can't afford to continue giving ground away from the stalls, and it was only the fact that the leaders went off too fast at Folkestone that the race rather fell into her lap
She insists film acting fell into her lap
and she is more interested in writing - and is adamant she doesn't just write so that she is taken seriously.
And in the late 1980s, another plum fell into her lap