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"I fell flat on my face when I was trying to climb a ladder."
What does falling flat on one's face mean?
I found an explanation on a website some time after I posted my question.
Fall flat on my face definition by Babylon?s free dictionary
So when someone says he/she has fallen flat on his/her face, does that person mean both hitting the face on the ground and "making an embarrassing mistake" as the website indicates?
Last edited by bhaisahab; 06-Jul-2012 at 13:10.
Last edited by bhaisahab; 06-Jul-2012 at 13:10. Reason: punctuation
It could have both meanings if the person felt embarrassed, but the primary meaning is literal here.