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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Related Words for pratfalldrop, slump, recession, failure, deterioration, fall, downturn, decline, plunge, spill, reduction, decrease, dip, wallow, flop, stumble, slope, declivity, plummet, ebb
Examples from the Web for pratfall
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.Joaquin Phoenix's Great Practical Joke
August 22, 2010
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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