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    Question What does "I fell flat on my face" mean?

    "I fell flat on my face when I was trying to climb a ladder."
    What does falling flat on one's face mean?

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    Re: What does "I fell flat on my face" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by azhu View Post
    "I fell flat on my face when I was trying to climb a ladder."
    What does falling flat on one's face mean?
    What do you think it might mean?

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    Re: What does "I fell flat on my face" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What do you think it might mean?
    I'm imagining the speaker's face became "flat" as a rubber ball when it bumped right on the ground...is this right?

    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?
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    Re: What does "I fell flat on my face" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by azhu View Post
    I'm imagining the speaker's face became "flat" as a rubber ball when it bumped right on the ground...is this right?

    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?
    It could mean either literally falling down on ones face, or the figurative definition in your link. It depends on the context, in the context you have given you can understand it literally.
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    Re: What does "I fell flat on my face" mean?

    It could have both meanings if the person felt embarrassed, but the primary meaning is literal here.

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