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fall flat (on your face)

to fail completely Most of her jokes fell flat and her act was a disaster. It used to be an amazing magazine, but it's fallen flat on its face.
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fall flat

 
1. if an entertainment or a joke falls flat, people do not enjoy it and do not think it is funny Several attempts at humour during his speech fell flat.
2. if an attempt to influence people's behaviour or opinions falls flat, it fails The advertising campaign which had worked so well in the US fell flat in China. The statement that pregnancy is not an illness falls flat with many morning sickness sufferers.
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fall flat

Fail, prove to be ineffective, as in His jokes nearly always fell flat-no one ever laughed at them. [First half of 1800s]
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fall flat

1. To fail miserably when attempting to achieve a result.
2. To have no effect: The jokes fell flat.
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I fell off my swing and landed on top of him, causing him to fall flat on his lace.
As a spinning coin, or disc, begins to fall flat it rattles with increasing speed until it abruptly stops.
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I say this now, this city will fall flat on its face over the Capital of Culture bid because it simply cannot deliver on anything,because it is run by political pigmys.
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In a dry year," Webb says, "the fungus would fall flat on its face.