fall flat

fall flat
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl flat]
    • /fɔl flæt/
    • /fɔːl flæt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl flat]
    • /fɔl flæt/

Definitions of fall flat words

  • adjective fall flat horizontally level: a flat roof. 1
  • adjective fall flat level, even, or without unevenness of surface, as land or tabletops. 1
  • adjective fall flat having a surface that is without marked projections or depressions: a broad, flat face. 1
  • adjective fall flat lying horizontally and at full length, as a person; prostrate: He was flat on the canvas after the knockdown. 1
  • adjective fall flat lying wholly on or against something: The banner was flat against the wall. 1
  • adjective fall flat thrown down, laid low, or level with the ground, as fallen trees or buildings. 1

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Origin of fall flat

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English < Old Norse flatr, akin to Old English flet (see flat2), Greek platýs (see platy-, plate1

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Parts of speech for Fall flat


fall flat popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fall flat usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fall flat

verb fall flat

  • smash — to break to pieces with violence and often with a crashing sound, as by striking, letting fall, or dashing against something; shatter: He smashed the vase against the wall.
  • plunge — to cast or thrust forcibly or suddenly into something, as a liquid, a penetrable substance, a place, etc.; immerse; submerge: to plunge a dagger into one's heart.
  • hurtle — to rush violently; move with great speed: The car hurtled down the highway.
  • collapse — If a building or other structure collapses, it falls down very suddenly.
  • tumble — to fall helplessly down, end over end, as by losing one's footing, support, or equilibrium; plunge headlong: to tumble down the stairs.

Antonyms for fall flat

verb fall flat

  • ascend — If you ascend a hill or staircase, you go up it.
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • straighten — make straight
  • rise — to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture; assume an upright position: She rose and walked over to greet me. With great effort he rose to his knees.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.

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