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fall to (one)

To become one's task or responsibility, especially due to the absence or abdication 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 ?
The bloody hand fell to the ground, and the shades of death, with fate that no man can withstand, came over his eyes.
It seemed to him that it fell to earth about one hundred miles east of him.
* Audits of hospital incident reports of patients who fell to capture demographic data and fall location
MarketWatch reported that the Amex airline Index fell to its lowest level in 10 months yesterday before bouncing back to 46.98, up 1.3%.
The ratio of classified loan commitments to total commitments fell to 4.8 percent, the lowest level since 2000, as industry charge-off trends and demand in the secondary market for lower quality assets removed many of the weakest loans from the banking system.
In 70% of cases, increased sway velocity in a semi-tandem stance, decreased hip adduction strength, and asymmetry in lateral stepping velocity distinguished those who fell to the side from those who fell in other directions.
The actual Health Department inspection was conducted after a boy fell to his death from a window in a master bedroom where the guard was later found to be improperly installed.
These follow-up telephone calls to fallers asked what the patients were doing when they fell and whether they fell to the floor, hit an object, or were injured.
The rate of capacity utilization for total industry fell to 80.2 percent in January, a level almost 2 percentage points below its 1967-2000 average.