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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).
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slang US and Canadian a fall upon one's buttocks
[C20: from C16 prat buttocks (of unknown origin) + fall]
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1. a fall on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating.
2. a humiliating blunder or defeat.
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|Noun||1.||pratfall - a fall onto your buttocks|
|2.||pratfall - 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"
fluff - a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
howler - a glaring blunder
clanger - a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate; "he dropped a clanger"
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
pratfall[ˈprætfɔːl] n (mainly US) to take a pratfall (= make a mistake) → trébucher
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