Definition of Fall flat

1. Verb. Fail utterly; collapse. "The business is going to fall flat "; "The project foundered"

Exact synonyms: Fall Through, Flop, Founder
Generic synonyms: Fail, Go Wrong, Miscarry
Derivative terms: Flop

Definition of Fall flat

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fall Flat

fall at the last hurdle
fall away
fall back
fall back on
fall back upon
fall behind
fall between two stools
fall board
fall by the wayside
fall cankerworm
fall dandelion
fall down
fall equinox
fall flat (current term)
fall for
fall foul
fall from grace
fall guy
fall ill
fall in
fall in line
fall in love
fall in with
fall into
fall into place
fall line
fall of wicket
fall off

Literary usage of Fall flat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anecdotes, Poetry, and Incidents of the War: North and South. 1860-1865 edited by Frank Moore (1882)
"and fall flat Io avoid them. An artillerist, a German, when he saw the tools falling around him, exclaimed, " My Got ! we shall have the blacksmith's shop ..."

2. The Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary by Edward Tregear (1891)
"... about from house to house begging, or telling fortunes; hanee, to fall flat, as a decayed house; to slip or slide down, as an avalanche ..."

3. Report of the Joint Select Committee Appointed to Inquire Into the Condition by Luke Potter Poland, John Scott (1872)
"When the door fell, it did not fall flat down. Question. Under the bed ? Answer. Yes, sir. But they cut my bag all to pieces, and I lost a vast amount of ..."

4. The New English by T[homas] L[aurence] Kington Oliphant (1886)
"fall flat, ii. 80. fall flat to the ground, i. 350, 417. Fall foul, ii. 33, 58, 67. Fall, give a, i. 226. Fall, have a, i. 176. Fall in, i . 290. ..."

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