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EtymologyEdit

face +‎ plant (place, set firmly).

Originally skateboarding and snowboarding slang, a humorous variant of handplant, which is an intentional technique in these sports.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfeɪsˌplænt/
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NounEdit

faceplant (plural faceplants)

  1. (informal) The act of landing face first, as a result of an accident or error.
    The skater slipped off his board and did a painful faceplant.
  2. (video games) Death or defeat in a multiplayer online game.
  3. A wrestling move in which an attacking wrestler forces his/her opponent down to the mat face-first without a headlock or facelock.

Usage notesEdit

Other variants are more rarely found, such as assplant (land on one’s ass, buttocks (unintentionally)), in addition to variants of the intentional handplant, such as elbow plant.

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VerbEdit

faceplant (third-person singular simple present faceplants, present participle faceplanting, simple past and past participle faceplanted)

  1. (informal) To land face first.
  2. (informal) To completely fumble or fail an activity, usually in a spectacular fashion.

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