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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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BIG Brother star Jade Goody was in tears when she fell flat on her backside during pantomime rehearsals.
Without the spectacular virtuosity or performance bravado I associate with the vernacular, and before a watching audience as opposed to a dancing crowd, the intended sexy fun of the piece fell flat.
I think there is going to be a lot of shifting and subletting of space that the dot-com industry took in anticipation but fell flat," LaPorte said.
BORDEAUX: A scheme to provide residents with free bikes fell flat as authorities reported that 15 bikes were missing yesterday and seven others were damaged.
Bass is selling its 55% stake in Chinese brewery Ginsber after its attempts to paint the country red with its flagship Tennent's brand fell flat.
Clearly the possible connection of CJD to BSE needed to be explored, but the media's attempt to turn CJD into the next Ebola fell flat.
But they did not control it, and a subsequent clerical effort to stage a seven-day revival fell flat.
The figure bested last year's 36 cents per year, and fell flat with the Street's estimate.
His sick joke fell flat and now he has had to apologise.
Though sparkling wine and champagne sales fell flat after the 9-11 terrorist attacks of 2001, the fizz is back.
PORN star Ron Jeremy was left deflated after his attempt at baking fell flat in the latest challenge on The FarmThe American's cake failed to rise in a bake-off on Five's reality show for a prize of a five-course champagne dinner in the hayloft.
I must have been going too fast, because his feet went out from under him and he fell flat on the ice