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fall flat

1. To fail or be ineffective. Good luck—the last time management tried to implement a new dress code, that measure fell flat.
2. To fail to be humorous, as of a joke. A: "Unfortunately, my first stand-up routine really fell flat." B: "Well, maybe you just had the wrong audience."
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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

COMMON
1. If an event or an attempt to do something falls flat, it is completely unsuccessful. If the efforts fall flat and the economic situation does not change, this city can expect another riot 25 years from now. She was badly disappointed when the evening fell flat.
2. If a joke falls flat, nobody thinks it is funny. He then started trying to tell jokes to the assembled gathering. These too fell flat.
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fall flat

fail completely to produce the intended or expected effect.
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fall ˈflat

if a joke, a story, or an event falls flat, it completely fails to amuse people or to have the effect that was intended: I didn’t think the comedian was funny at all — most of his jokes fell completely flat.
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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.
Amy Adams shines as Madeleine's new bubbly sister-in-law, Ashley, and it's fun watching the opposites click, even as the Chicagoan's efforts fall flat with the others.
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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.
Yet its shock tactics now fall flat compared to games with better graphics and vastly superior gameplay such as Tekken and Dead Or Alive.
Sometimes you have to ask for help otherwise you fall flat on your face," explained Rik.
In a dry year," Webb says, "the fungus would fall flat on its face.