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fall on/upon sb

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verb uk phrasal verb with fall   /fɔːl/ us    /fɑːl/ (fell, fallen)
to attack someone suddenly and unexpectedly: The soldiers fell on the villagers and seized all their weapons.
Translations of “fall on/upon sb”
in Chinese (Traditional) 襲擊,突襲(某人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 袭击,突袭(某人)…
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