Definition of failing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfāliNG/


A weakness, especially in character; a shortcoming: pride is a terrible failing
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  • Councillors are as much at fault for the failings of particular services in the borough as the officers who run them.
  • Independence deserves to be discussed on its own merits or failings - the honest approach.
  • They show their foibles and failings, their gifts and talents in a way that's entirely theirs.


In default of; in the absence of: she longed to be with him and, failing that, to be on her own
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  • Can anyone recommend a chain, or failing that, a local store in Austin, Texas, that would carry them?
  • A lot of communities either try to prop up their long-established economic pillars or, failing that, they try to attract something big and new.
in the absence of, lacking, barring, absent, without

Words that rhyme with failing

grayling, mailing, paling, railing, sailing, tailing, unavailing, veiling, wailing

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Syllabification: fail·ing

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