splash down

Verb phrases
1.
to land in a body of water in a returning spacecraft.
2.
(of a spacecraft) to land in a body of water.

Origin:
1955–60, Americanism

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
His projectiles are antique and inaccurate, and he wouldn't live to see the first one splash down if he ever did decide to go mad.
In early summer numerous waterfalls splash down the lava cliffs.
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