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High Hopes for Mineral in Beer May Fall Flat

For beer drinkers, a new study that suggests beer is a significant source of a mineral key to maintaining bone density may sound too good to be true. That may well be, say health experts who overwhelmingly agree the connection may be more wishful thinking than solid science. But that may not stop many brew lovers from viewing the new research as an excuse to order another round.

The underlined expression in the title fall flat means:
a)drop
b)decrease
c)have no effect
d)be surprising
e)be disappointing

I'm between c and e. I know that the expression means have no effect, but maybe in the context could be disappointing.

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Bruno Machado MatareliI'm between c and e. I know that the expression means have no effect, but maybe in the context could be disappointing.

I see what you mean. No choice exactly fits the definition in the context, such as "to produce no response or result" ( https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%20flat ). The problem is not with your understanding of the expression, which is better than that of the person who wrote this question. The problem is that the writer of the headline did not use "fall flat" correctly, and the setter of the question did not realize that. The writer was trying to be clever, using "flat" because beer can go (not "fall") flat, meaning lose its carbonation, but instead of sounding clever, he sounded dumb.

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Bruno Machado MatareliHigh Hopes for Mineral in Beer May Fall Flat

I think they want you to see that if you don't get what you hope for, you are disappointed. I'd pick e, but I can't guarantee it's what they think is the correct answer.

CJ