fall upon

fall upon
phrasal verb fall on or fall upon [transitive]
Word forms "fall on":
present tense I/you/we/they fall on he/she/it falls on present participle falling on past tense fell on past participle fallen on
1) mainly literary
fall on something to start eating food or start using something as soon as it arrives, in a way that shows you want it very much
2) mainly literary
fall on someone to take hold of someone suddenly, either to attack them or to hug them

She was so grateful she fell on him and kissed him.

3) mainly literary
fall on someone if something falls on someone, it is their responsibility to do it

The burden of caring for elderly parents often falls on women.

English dictionary. 2014.

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