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Difference between Fall about someone’s ears and Fall on someone’s ears

fall about someone’s ears—

1. come crashing down; collapse:

  • Slabs of plaster left the ceilings and fell about our ears….

2. fail suddenly:

  • All our careful plans fell about our ears when the government changed the tax laws.

fall on someone’s ears —(liter.) be heard:

  • As we entered the temple, a curious chanting fell upon our ears.