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English definition of “pratfall”

pratfall

noun [C]     /ˈpræt.fɔːl/ US  /-fɑːl/
mainly US a fall in which a person lands on their bottom, especially for a humorous effect in a play, film, etc.Falling and droppingMoving downwards an embarrassing defeat or failure: Most of us get over the pratfalls of childhood.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
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