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Fall flat   /fɔl flæt/   Listen
Fall flat

Fail utterly; collapse.  Synonyms: fall through, flop, founder.

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"Fall flat" Quotes from Famous Books

... only tolerated a pause for a few string-tightenings and trial-squeaks, to get in tune, and the removal of a deceased fly from a piano-candle. The remark from the back-room that we could hear beautifully in here seemed to fall flat, the second violin merely replying "All right!" passionlessly. The instruments then asked each other if they were ready, and answered yes. Then some one counted four suggestively, for a start, ...
— Somehow Good • William de Morgan

Words linked to "Fall flat" :   go wrong, fail, miscarry

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