fall to

  1. (adverb) to begin some activity, as eating, working, or fighting

  2. (preposition) to devolve on (a person): the task fell to me

  1. fall to the ground (of a plan, theory, etc) to be rendered invalid, esp because of lack of necessary information

Words Nearby fall to

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How to use fall to in a sentence

  • Clearly therefore we are destined for world-dominion; we have only to fall-to.

    The New Society | Walther Rathenau
  • If by chance I should fall to-night, take a boat at the landing, hasten upstream, and hail the Solebay.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston
  • I have, by wonderful good luck, escaped thus far, but it may be my fate to fall to-morrow through some foul practice.

    My Dark Companions | Henry M. Stanley
  • If you fall to-day, there is no better day on which to die, and the women of our tribe will weep proud tears for Tawasuota.

    Old Indian Days | [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • If that one which passed did not fall into the house of that barbarian of an official, another will fall to-morrow.

    Saragossa | Benito Prez Galds

Other Idioms and Phrases with fall to

fall to

Energetically begin an activity, set to work, as in As soon as they had the right tools, they fell to work on the house. This expression is also often used to mean “begin to eat.” Charles Dickens so used it in American Notes (1842): “We fall-to upon these dainties.” [Late 1500s]

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