fall into (one's) lap

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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.
See also: fall, lap
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: fall, lap
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fall into your lap

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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.
See also: fall, lap
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

fall (or drop) into someone's lap

(of something pleasant or desirable) come someone's way without any effort having been made.
See also: fall, lap
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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!
See also: drop, fall, lap
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References in classic literature ?
The judge and his wife were past middle age when this treasure fell into their lap. One must make allowances for a parental instinct that has been starving for twenty-five or thirty years.
Wife-and-husband team Jessica and Christian Seybold were looking to start a business when an opportunity fell into their lap. The Kansas-based maker of Jessica's favorite soaps and lotions was in the market to sell.
In West Virginia, the reporters found that the program is working just as intended for some people, but they also found that quite a few of "the state's poorest citizens received cars with seat belts that didn't latch, mufflers that dropped off, and steering wheels that fell into their laps ...
Subsequently, control of the oil wealth fell into their laps and hugely increased their power.