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Examples of pratfall in a Sentence
He slipped and took a pratfall into the mud.
Recent Examples of pratfall from the Web
So, after taking three of four from first-place Washington and embarking on this road trip with high hopes, the Brewers have taken an untimely two-game pratfall.
The dancers power through as though possessed by mischievous spirits, with pratfalls for levity.
But here’s why one day off won’t be sufficient to cure any hangover: No relief: Chad Green and David Robertson were gallant out of the bullpen Tuesday, chewing up 5⅓ innings after Luis Severino’s one-out-and-done pratfall.
Recent electoral pratfalls argue for leaving critical decisions in the hands of well-trained, pragmatic technocrats.
Now either he’s Typhoid Mary, the bringer of bad luck, or else the most important thing about this story is another Ackman investing pratfall.
But this also opens up to the Fins an historically unique stage on which to preen, dance and otherwise declare themselves to the doubters (or to pratfall as those same nonbelievers smugly nod).
The pratfalls and silly walks that Lewis devised to delight us, year after year and movie after movie, resulted in back injuries—not to mention addiction to painkillers—that essentially led to lifelong pain.
Jerry Lewis, who died Aug. 20 at 91, was a comic actor whose rubber-limbed pratfalls, squeaky voice and pipsqueak buffoonery made him one of the most uncontainable screen clowns of all time.
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Did You Know?
The human posterior has been given a number of designations over the centuries, some not acceptable in polite company. "Prat," a slang term with only slightly indecorous overtones, has been used in reference to the backside since the 16th century. It wasn't until the 1930s, however, that falling on one's prat gave rise to the term "pratfall." The word first cropped up in the lingo of comedy theater, where a pratfall is often part of a slapstick routine. It wasn't long before we gave the word its extended sense of "blunder." Now, with "prat" rarely used as a synonym of "derriere" anymore, "pratfall" is as apt to suggest getting a pie in the face as landing bang on one's behind.
Origin and Etymology of pratfall
First Known Use: 1930See Words from the same year
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