Pratfall Definition

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pratfalls
noun
pratfalls
A fall on the buttocks, esp. one for comic effect, as in burlesque.
Webster's New World
A humiliating error, failure, or defeat.
American Heritage

A staged trip or fall, often for comedic purposes.

The motivational speaker started with a pratfall so he could speak about the importance of getting back up.
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verb
To fall on to the buttocks.
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pratfall
Plural:
pratfalls

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