Lilly fell upon the floor and asked if she was going to die.
Both initiatives were successful—“the fear of Mordecai fell upon them,” while the “Jews gathered themselves” for defense.
They fell upon the doomed man's ears with all the cruelty of physical blows.
The punishments that fell upon them fell upon the wrong shoulders.
It afforded a fine promenade, and they were enjoying the moonlight that fell upon it.
Dorothea was holding a torch, the liquid droppings of which fell upon her hands.
The Commander-in-Chief (patented) fell upon his knees and kissed the spurs of his master's boots.
When Bellêtre fell upon the town at night, the man was killed in the first attack.
It fell upon them, and wound itself about them, and smothered their cries, and held them fast in its glistening meshes.
It fell upon him somewhere, for down he went and lay quite still.
Old English feallan (class VII strong verb; past tense feoll, past participle feallen) "to fall; fail, decay, die," from Proto-Germanic *fallanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fallan, Dutch vallen, Old Norse falla, Old High German fallan, German fallen), from PIE root *pol- "to fall" (cf. Armenian p'ul "downfall," Lithuanian puola "to fall," Old Prussian aupallai "finds," literally "falls upon").
Most of the figurative senses had developed in Middle English. Meaning "to be reduced" (as temperature) is from 1650s. To fall in love is attested from 1520s; to fall asleep is late 14c. Fall through "come to naught" is from 1781. To fall for something is from 1903.
c.1200, "a falling;" see fall (n.). Old English noun form, fealle, meant "snare, trap." Sense of "autumn" (now only in U.S.) is 1660s, short for fall of the leaf (1540s). That of "cascade, waterfall" is from 1570s. Wrestling sense is from 1550s. Of a city under siege, etc., 1580s. Fall guy is from 1906.
: This your first fall, ain't it?/ Another fall meant a life sentence (1893+)