Definition of with a thud in US English:

with a thud


  • Used to describe a sudden and disillusioning reminder of reality in contrast to someone's dreams or aspirations.

    ‘dropouts have now come back down to earth with a thud’
    • ‘The Atlanta Falcons came back to earth with a thud.’
    • ‘The result is articles from happy land that lift their readers into the air and drop them with a thud once a purchase is made.’
    • ‘But she cautioned that David Nalbandian could bring Murray down to earth with a thud.’
    • ‘The disastrous start back home sent the benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty crashing down with a thud and brought back dreaded memories of some Black Mondays today.’
    • ‘After years in development, Vista hit the market with a thud in January 2007.’
    • ‘Alas, you are brought down to the earth with a sudden thud as finally you confront the cost of an overseas education.’