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pratfall

[prat-fawl] /ˈprætˌfɔl/
noun
1.
a fall in which one lands on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating.
2.
a humiliating blunder or defeat.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; prat + fall
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British Dictionary definitions for pratfalls

pratfall

/ˈprætˌfɔːl/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian, slang) a fall upon one's buttocks
Word Origin
C20: from C16 prat buttocks (of unknown origin) + fall
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Word Origin and History for pratfalls

pratfall

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for pratfalls

pratfall

noun
  1. A fall on one's rump, esp by a clown or comedian: a perfect pratfall (1939+)
  2. A humiliating defeat; an embarrassing humiliation: the principles and pratfalls of the rhyming racket (1950+ fr theater)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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