Meaning of “fall flat” in the English Dictionary

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"fall flat" in British English

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fall flat

C1 If a joke, idea, or suggestion falls flat, it does not have the intended effect:

He made several jokes and each of them fell flat.

(Definition of “fall flat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fall flat" in American English

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fall flat

to not be funny or entertaining:

Some of the jokes were pretty funny, others fell flat.

(Definition of “fall flat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)