pratfall

[ prat-fawl ]
/ ˈprætˌfɔl /

noun

a fall in which one lands on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating.
a humiliating blunder or defeat.

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Origin of pratfall

First recorded in 1935–40; prat + fall
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British Dictionary definitions for pratfall

pratfall
/ (ˈprætˌfɔːl) /

noun

US and Canadian slang a fall upon one's buttocks

Word Origin for pratfall

C20: from C16 prat buttocks (of unknown origin) + fall
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