faceplant

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face +‎ plant (place, set firmly).

Originally skateboarding and snowboarding slang, a humorous variant of handplant, which is an intentional technique in these sports.

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faceplant (plural faceplants)

  1. (informal) The act of landing face first, as a result of an accident or error.
    The skater slipped off his board and did a painful faceplant.
  2. (video games) Death or defeat in popular multiplayer online games.
  3. A wrestling move in which an attacking wrestler forces his/her opponent down to the mat face-first without a headlock or facelock.

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Other variants are more rarely found, such as assplant (land on one’s ass, buttocks (unintentionally)), in addition to variants of the intentional handplant, such as elbow plant.

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faceplant (third-person singular simple present faceplants, present participle faceplanting, simple past and past participle faceplanted)

  1. (informal) To land face first.

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