splash down


verb phrase

to land in a body of water in a returning spacecraft.
(of a spacecraft) to land in a body of water.

Nearby words

  1. splanchnoskeletal,
  2. splanchnoskeleton,
  3. splanchnotribe,
  4. splash,
  5. splash dam,
  6. splash erosion,
  7. splash guard,
  8. splash out,
  9. splashback,
  10. splashboard

Origin of splash down

An Americanism dating back to 1955–60

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Idioms and Phrases with splash down

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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