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fall on

vb (intr, preposition)
1. (Military) Also: fall upon to attack or snatch (an army, booty, etc)
2. fall flat on one's face to fail, esp in a ridiculous or humiliating manner
3. fall on one's feet to emerge unexpectedly well from a difficult situation
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fall

verb
1. To move downward in response to gravity:
2. To go from a more erect posture to a less erect posture:
3. To come to the ground suddenly and involuntarily:
Idiom: take a fall.
4. To undergo capture, defeat, or ruin:
5. To slope downward:
6. To become or cause to become less active or intense:
abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), ebb, fall off, lapse, let up, moderate, remit, slacken, slack off, subside, wane.
7. To undergo a sharp, rapid descent in value or price:
Idiom: take a sudden downtrend.
8. To undergo moral deterioration:
Idiom: go bad.
9. To take place at a set time:
10. To come as by lot or inheritance:
phrasal verb
fall back
1. To move back in the face of enemy attack or after a defeat:
2. To move in a reverse direction:
Idiom: retrace one's steps.
phrasal verb
fall down
Informal. To be unsuccessful:
Informal: flop.
Slang: bomb.
Idioms: fail of success, fall short.
phrasal verb
fall off
1. To decline, as in value or quantity, very gradually:
2. To become or cause to become less active or intense:
abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), ebb, fall, lapse, let up, moderate, remit, slacken, slack off, subside, wane.
phrasal verb
fall on or upon
To set upon with violent force:
phrasal verb
fall through
To be unsuccessful:
Informal: fall down, flop.
Slang: bomb.
Idioms: fail of success, fall short.
noun
1. The act of dropping from a height:
2. A sudden involuntary drop to the ground:
Informal: header.
3. A downward slope or distance:
4. A disastrous overwhelming defeat or ruin:
5. A usually swift downward trend, as in prices:
Translations

w>fall on

vi +prep obj
(= trip on) stonefallen über (+acc)
(= be the responsibility of, be borne by, duty, decision, task) → zufallen (+dat); (blame)treffen (+acc); the responsibility falls on your shouldersSie tragen or haben die Verantwortung
(= attack)herfallen über (+acc)
(= find)stoßen auf (+acc)
References in classic literature ?
So saying, he stopped his horse and let the reins fall on its neck: then, slowly beating time with one hand, and with a faint smile lighting up his gentle foolish face, as if he enjoyed the music of his song, he began.
A huge black cloud passed over his head, but in vain did he beg and beseech her to let a drop of water fall on him.
Not a fish can leap or an insect fall on the pond but it is thus reported in circling dimples, in lines of beauty, as it were the constant welling up of its fountain, the gentle pulsing of its life, the heaving of its breast.