fall on/upon

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fall on/upon

1 : to begin to experience (something) : to meet with (an experience)
  • We fell on hard times after I lost my job.
  • The company fell upon some unexpected competition.
2 : to notice (something) especially without wanting or trying to
  • Her eyes/glance fell on the letter on his desk.
3 fall on/upon (someone) : to attack (someone) suddenly
  • They fell on the enemy soldiers and killed every one of them.

Word by Word Definitions

fall play
  1. : to descend freely by the force of gravity

  2. : to hang freely

  3. : to drop oneself to a lower position

  1. : the act of falling by the force of gravity

  2. : a falling out, off, or away : dropping

  3. : the season when leaves fall from trees : autumn

  1. : of, relating to, or suitable for autumn

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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