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Fall flat   /fɔl flæt/   Listen
Fall flat

Fail utterly; collapse.  Synonyms: fall through, flop, founder.

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"Fall flat" Quotes from Famous Books

... pass, in this brief progress, the Sugar-loaf; and observing the ravages which time is making on its inverted cone, we anticipate the hour, probably not very distant, when it will topple over, and fall flat upon the earth. But this is nothing. Our ragged guide conducts us across a wooden bridge, up a road, hollowed out by nature, through the rocks, till suddenly we reach what resembles the mouth of a mine, across which a door is drawn. The sum ...
— Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary, Visited in 1837. Vol. II • G. R. Gleig

... music, and, more than most, understood it. Suppose—just suppose—she were to sing Tosti's "Good-bye!" He shuddered. Yet, if she did not sing something of that sort, it would fall flat, and she would be disappointed. So he tortured himself all through dinner, at which he did not see her, for he had been unable to get his place changed to the first sitting with hers. He longed to keep away from the concert, ...
— The Nest Builder • Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale

... afternoon Mr. Letgood was seated in his study considering a sermon for the evening—it would have to be very different from that of the morning, he felt, or else it would fall flat. ...
— Elder Conklin and Other Stories • Frank Harris

... beat out the burning timbers—saw a reckless carbineer—his own tent-mate—dismount and run out across the planking which was already afire, saw him stumble and roll over as a bullet hit him, get to his knees blindly, trip and fall flat in the smoke. Then Fear bellowed in Berkley's ear; but he had already clapped spurs to his horse, cantering out across the burning planking and straight into ...
— Ailsa Paige • Robert W. Chambers

Words linked to "Fall flat" :   miscarry, go wrong, fall through, fail

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