fall flat
phrasal to produce no response or result <
the joke fell flat
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fall flat — ► to be unsuccessful: »The deal fell flat when the two sides could not agree on the terms of the contract. Main Entry: ↑flat …   Financial and business terms

  • fall flat — (on (your) face) to fail completely. Most of her jokes fell flat and her act was a disaster. It used to be an amazing magazine, but it s fallen flat on its face …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall flat — ► fall flat fail to produce the intended effect. Main Entry: ↑flat …   English terms dictionary

  • fall flat — verb fail utterly; collapse The project foundered • Syn: ↑fall through, ↑founder, ↑flop • Derivationally related forms: ↑flop (for: ↑flop) …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall flat — Synonyms and related words: bomb, break down, capsize, careen, collapse, come a cropper, come to naught, come to nothing, crash, fall, fall dead, fall down, fall headlong, fall in, fall over, fall prostrate, fall short, fall stillborn, fall… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fall flat — 1. if an entertainment or a joke falls flat, people do not enjoy it and do not think it is funny. Several attempts at humour during his speech fell flat. 2. if an attempt to influence people s behaviour or opinions falls flat, it fails. The… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall flat — {v.}, {informal} To be a failure; fail. * /The party fell flat because of the rain./ * /His joke fell flat because no one understood it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall flat — {v.}, {informal} To be a failure; fail. * /The party fell flat because of the rain./ * /His joke fell flat because no one understood it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall\ flat — v informal To be a failure; fail. The party fell flat because of the rain. His joke fell flat because no one understood it …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fall flat —    If a joke, a story or a form of entertainment falls flat, it does not amuse people, or fails to have the effect that was intended.     He made a few attempts at humour during his speech but most of his jokes fell flat …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fall flat — to not succeed in entertaining someone or making them laugh Without him the whole evening would have fallen flat. My attempt at a joke fell flat …   English dictionary

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