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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
1955-1960
1955-60, Americanism
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Idioms and Phrases with splashed 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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