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fall flat

C1 If a ​joke, ​idea, or ​suggestionfallsflat, it does not have the ​intendedeffect: He made several ​jokes and each of them ​fellflat.
(Definition of fall flat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fall flat

to not be ​funny or ​entertaining: Some of the ​jokes were ​prettyfunny, ​othersfellflat.
(Definition of fall flat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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