Definition of fall to in US English:

fall to

phrasal verb

  • 1(of a task) become the duty or responsibility of.

    ‘it fell to me to write to Shephard’
    • ‘Since Croatia could never leave the Everton forward downcast, the task fell to Eriksson.’
    • ‘So since they can't do it, the duty falls to Bledsoe to take better care of the ball.’
    • ‘Doctors in the borough are being given the chance to opt out of working evenings and weekends with the responsibility for filling any gaps falling to Hounslow Primary Care Trust.’
    • ‘The huge task of putting this production together falls to director Simon Barry, 49, from London.’
    • ‘Last night, this thankless task fell to Richard Wilson, who coped magnificently as one would expect.’
    • ‘In any event, the task of searching the police national computer fell to Cambridgeshire constabulary.’
    • ‘That duty falls to us, the citizens, by the oath we have sworn, to uphold the principles of democracy and good government.’
    • ‘I had rather anticipated that Mr Pannick would be doing this, however he is unfortunately detained in another court so the responsibility falls to me.’
    • ‘It may however fall to Clarke to begin uniting the Tory left under Portillo.’
    • ‘Doclar would be most displeased with the news, but the duty fell to Kul to inform him.’
    • ‘Not for the first time, the task of preserving our ancient freedoms falls to the House of Lords.’
    • ‘The task of selling Britain's Dome will now fall to a 34-year-old Frenchman.’
    • ‘The task of determining asylum seekers' status falls to the UNHCR.’
    • ‘If our governments fail to act to end genocide, the responsibility falls to us.’
    • ‘On Election Day, the primary responsibility for voter education falls to Election Day workers.’
    • ‘Jocelyn, on the other hand, was counting the extra tasks that would fall to her during his leave.’
    • ‘Given that the Conservatives and the media cannot finish him off, this task may well fall to the Labour Party itself.’
    • ‘They say the whole idea is to recreate another Eden and the task falls to Jurgens Wilson.’
    • ‘Perhaps the hardest task of all falls to Korea, who will open proceedings on Wednesday with a game against the defending world champions.’
    • ‘Ben had hoped Doc Martin would be available to tend his son, but now found that responsibility falling to him.’
    be the responsibility of, be the duty of, be borne by, be one's job, be one's task
    fail, be unsuccessful, come to nothing, come to naught, fail to happen, miscarry, abort, go awry, be frustrated, collapse, founder, come to grief
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    1. 1.1 (of property) revert to the ownership of.
      • ‘When this manager died, the property fell to all the children.’
      • ‘The family-owned meatpacking business closed more than three decades ago, and the property fell to the county in the late 1990s because of unpaid taxes.’
      • ‘He plans on having the cousins fall in love and marry, so that her property will fall to him when Linton dies.’
      • ‘When he dies, the property falls to Hindley, who treats the former favorite as a servant.’