Idiom:  fall flat on one's face


Idiom:  fall flat on one's face

  • to fail completely, especially in an embarrassing way

Example sentences

I didn't practice my dance moves at all during the summer so I fell flat on my face at tryouts.

— If you don't study for your exam, you're going to fall flat on your face and get kicked out of your sorority.

— We fell flat on our faces at the debate because no one had prepared for it.

— Many contestants fall flat on their faces trying out for American Idol—it's amazing they  think they can sing well.

— It was really sad to see that guy fall flat on his face when his girlfriend rejected his marriage proposal at the football game.

— I'm going to practice my speech all weekend so I don't fall flat on my face at the conference.

— The presentation did not go well. The presenter fell flat on his face and some people in the audience even heckled him.

— So what if you fall flat on your face? You'll feel bad for a few days and life will go on.

— I cannot tell you how many times I fell flat on my face before I passed the bar exam. It was embarrassing but now I have the legal career I dreamed of.


  • muck up
  • screw up

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