pratfall


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prat·fall

 (prăt′fôl′)
n.
1. A fall on the buttocks.
2. A humiliating error, failure, or defeat: "His characters not only survive their snarled problems and pratfalls but learn from their experiences" (Joyce Carol Oates).

pratfall

(ˈprætˌfɔːl)
n
slang US and Canadian a fall upon one's buttocks
[C20: from C16 prat buttocks (of unknown origin) + fall]

prat•fall

(ˈprætˌfɔl)

n.
1. a fall on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating.
2. a humiliating blunder or defeat.
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pratfall - a fall onto your buttocks
fall, tumble, spill - a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
2.pratfall - an embarrassing mistakepratfall - an embarrassing mistake    
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
bobble - the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball; "the second baseman made a bobble but still had time to throw the runner out"
snafu - an acronym often used by soldiers in World War II: situation normal all fucked up
spectacle - a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself
bull - a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the assignment"
fumble, muff - (sports) dropping the ball
fluff - a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
faux pas, gaffe, slip, solecism, gaucherie - a socially awkward or tactless act
howler - a glaring blunder
clanger - a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate; "he dropped a clanger"
misstep, trip-up, stumble, trip - an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"
Translations

pratfall

[ˈprætfɔːl] N (esp US) → culada f, caída f de culo (fig) (= blunder) → metedura f de pata

pratfall

[ˈprætfɔːl] n (mainly US) to take a pratfall (= make a mistake) → trébucher

pratfall

n (esp US inf) → Sturz auf den Hintern (inf); (fig)Bauchlandung f (fig); to take a pratfall (also fig)auf den Hintern fallen
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And as soon as I did that pratfall and jumped up, it was like, 'Oh, I love this guy!
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