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To crash or land in a body of water. The actress's private seaplane splashed down on the lake outside of the film festival, and she exited the aircraft in a stunning sequin dress. Officials are scrambling to determine where the astronaut's capsule splashed down as they lost touch with it just before re-entry.
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[for a space capsule] to land in the water. The capsule splashed down very close to the pickup ship.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Land in water, as in The spacecraft splashed down within a few hundred yards of the pickup point. The splash in this idiom alludes to the impact of a solid body on water. [c. 1960]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To land in water. Used of a spacecraft or missile: The spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.