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Where does ずっこけ come from? It doesn't have kanji, but it also isn't repetitive like onomatopoeia-so does it just not use the kanji anymore, or does it have strange roots?

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Looks to be a combination of ずる (old form of ずれる - to slip/slide down) and 転ける【こける】 (to fall down / fail).

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