pratfall

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Etymology[edit]

prat +‎ fall

Noun[edit]

pratfall (plural pratfalls)

  1. A fall onto the buttocks.
  2. A humiliating mistake.
  3. A staged trip or fall, often for comedic purposes.
    The motivational speaker started with a pratfall so he could speak about the importance of getting back up.

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  • (a fall on to the buttocks):
  • (a humiliating mistake): blunder, howler
  • (a staged trip or fall, often for comedic purposes):

Verb[edit]

pratfall (third-person singular simple present pratfalls, present participle pratfalling, simple past pratfell, past participle pratfallen)

  1. To fall on to the buttocks.

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