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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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Without a helping alliance, any number of therapy approaches are likely to fall flat, report Lester Luborsky and colleagues in the June ARCHIVES OF GENERAL PSYCHIATRY.
When taxpayers must start repaying $6 billion in loans and interest, when conflict-of-interest scandals and tales of morally bankrupt human experimentation come to the fore - and as unrealistically high public expectations go unmet - the champagne dreams of big business, academia and special interests may well fall flat.
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Yet its shock tactics now fall flat compared to games with better graphics and vastly superior gameplay such as Tekken and Dead Or Alive.
If this elated visual complexity does not emerge from the "stereoscopic" integration of gesture and grid (the double technical dimension obliquely corresponds to the double dimension of the effect) each tends to fall flat.
Hopefully any transfer won't fall flat, as I wouldn't offer him anything to come back, out of principle.
All those arguments would fall flat in the face of Marin, a pro-choice mother and a Mexican immigrant who would likely break the Democratic monopoly on the state's Latino vote.