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English definition of “fall on/upon sb”

fall on/upon sb

literary phrasal verb with fall     /fɔːl/ US  /fɑːl/ verb (fell, fallen)
to attack someone suddenly and unexpectedly: The soldiers fell on the villagers and seized all their weapons.Physical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general
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