fall flat on its face

fall flat on its face
fall flat on (your)/its face to fail or make a mistake in an embarrassing way.

The new scheme fell flat on its face in spite of all the financial support that was given.

It's always amusing to see a newscaster fall flat on his face.


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  • fall flat on your face — 1) to fall forwards so that you are lying on your front 2) to fail completely, especially in an embarrassing way This scheme will fall flat on its face unless the residents get behind it …   English dictionary

  • fall flat on your face — fall flat on (your)/its face to fail or make a mistake in an embarrassing way. The new scheme fell flat on its face in spite of all the financial support that was given. It s always amusing to see a newscaster fall flat on his face …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall flat on your face — fall flat (on (your) face) to fail completely. Most of her jokes fell flat and her act was a disaster. It used to be an amazing magazine, but it s fallen flat on its face …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall flat on face — fall flat on (your)/its face to fail or make a mistake in an embarrassing way. The new scheme fell flat on its face in spite of all the financial support that was given. It s always amusing to see a newscaster fall flat on his face …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall flat on face — fall flat (on (your) face) to fail completely. Most of her jokes fell flat and her act was a disaster. It used to be an amazing magazine, but it s fallen flat on its face …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall flat — (on (your) face) to fail completely. Most of her jokes fell flat and her act was a disaster. It used to be an amazing magazine, but it s fallen flat on its face …   New idioms dictionary

  • To fall flat — Fall Fall (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. {Fell} (f[e^]l); p. p. {Fallen} (f[add]l n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Falling}.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flat — flat1 W2S2 [flæt] adj comparative flatter superlative flattest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(surface)¦ 2¦(money)¦ 3¦(tyre/ball)¦ 4¦(not deep)¦ 5¦(drink)¦ 6¦(not interesting)¦ 7¦(battery)¦ 8¦(business/trade)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flat — [[t]flæ̱t[/t]] ♦♦ flats, flatter, flattest 1) N COUNT: also N num A flat is a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor and part of a larger building. A flat usually includes a kitchen and bathroom. [mainly BRIT] Sara lives with her… …   English dictionary

  • flat — 1 adjective flatter, flattest 1 SURFACE smooth and level, without raised or hollow areas, and not sloping or curving: a flat bottomed boat | a perfectly flat sandy beach | flat as a pancake (=very flat): The countryside near there is flat as a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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