- a fall in which one lands on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating.
- a humiliating blunder or defeat.
Origin of pratfall
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Examples from the Web for pratfall
Amateur video started turning up online showing Phoenix on his hip-hop tour, doing a pratfall off the stage at one appearance.Joaquin Phoenix's Great Practical Joke
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- US and Canadian slang a fall upon one's buttocks
C20: from C16 prat buttocks (of unknown origin) + fall
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Word Origin and History for pratfall
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