- to land in a body of water in a returning spacecraft.
- (of a spacecraft) to land in a body of water.
Origin of splash down
An Americanism dating back to 1955–60
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Idioms and Phrases with splash down
Land in water, as in The spacecraft splashed down within a few hundred yards of the pickup point. The splash in this idiom alludes to the impact of a solid body on water. [c. 1960]
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