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He was arrested ________ a charge of murder

Your belief is correct. Google Ngrams shows that instances of arrested for a charge are vanishingly small, many fractions of a percent less common than arrested on a charge. One is arrested on a ...
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The university bestowed an honorary degree on her (vs. to her)

The simple answer: To is not used, because the word is bestowed upon/on. That's just how the word works. The more complex answer (which is just a hypothesis): Bestow comes from stow, which is a ...
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What does “ for” imply here?

'For' is certainly not interchangeable with 'to' in most contexts. They have different uses. We use 'for' to indicate purpose or aim. It is used in the context of journeys only when the destination is ...
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