pratfall

[prat-fawl]
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Origin of pratfall

First recorded in 1935–40; prat + fall
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Contemporary Examples of pratfall

  • Amateur video started turning up online showing Phoenix on his hip-hop tour, doing a pratfall off the stage at one appearance.

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    August 22, 2010


British Dictionary definitions for pratfall

pratfall

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for pratfall
n.

1939, from prat "buttock" + fall (n.). "Chiefly N. Amer. slang" [OED]. As a verb from 1940.

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