Definition of pratfall in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpratfɔːl/


1A fall on to one’s buttocks: he took a pratfall into the sand
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  • The fall, of course, was a choreographed pratfall, spoofing all the negative stories surrounding ‘Sweet Charity.’
  • And he also had a nation's sides splitting in the second-placed moment, a classic old-fashioned pratfall in which he falls through a raised bar flap while trying to impress two women in a pub.
  • It's simply not the right setting for a play so full of movement and slapstick pratfalls: the cramped stage forces the cast to huddle together, while the echoey acoustics magnify every trip and body-slam.
1.1An embarrassing failure or mistake: the first political pratfalls of the new administration
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  • Moving to the other side of the aisle, the Democrats certainly had their fair share of political pratfalls.
  • The show often revolves around her I Love Lucy-esque pratfalls and goof-ups.
  • I think of it more as a no-system system with the same pitfalls and pratfalls as every other system, due to human involvement more than anything.
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