- The nine disciples had just failed miserably in an attempt to heal a child.
- The systems failed spectacularly to meet the deadline for the new term, but we'll let that pass.
- The most critical was that the regime had failed to establish firm control over the population.
- He was struck by how one woman utterly failed the test.
- The day ended with me failing the exam despite me reaching there on time.
- I fail these exams, and it is by no means an easy out.
- She did not fail for lack of sincere, honest, hard-working effort.
- Face-scanning in airports - catching terrorists as they walk by - fails miserably in tests.
- The rules require the title to revert to the original champion if a triumphant challenger fails of a doping test.
- Some Inspectors were stricter than others and failed children who might have passed in another district.
- In the recent Kendall inspection, the firm was cited for failing to have an adequate design change procedure, according to the warning letter.
- The Government in turn are guilty of neglect for failing to do anything about it.
- You and I have have been together for so long now you may feel that I sometimes neglect you, or fail to tell you how I really feel.
- Contrary to the expectations, the film failed to click at the box office.
- Such zero-damage expectations themselves risk creating a feeling of defeatism when the expectations understandably fail to come true.
- I defined failure earlier in terms of disappointed expectations and suggested that Saleem fails to fulfill the expectations he creates for himself.
- Or who would desert his beloved or fail him in the hour of danger?
- His first intimation that his nerves are failing him occurs while he is out jogging in the Catholic cemetery.
- After a good fifteen minutes, she finally turned to go, her nerves failing her.
- The time at which you activate your parachute system plays an important part in the amount of time you have to stop if the parachute fails to deploy properly.
- Should Service Pack 2 fail to install properly, the guide also explains how to restore your computer to a working state.
- A system is put under load and either passes or fails.
- Michael's health began to fail about two years ago and it deteriorated seriously from which he did not really recover.
- In latter years, although his health was beginning to fail, he still enjoyed the company of friends and neighbours and had a big interest in the local football team.
- In the last years his health began to fail but Johnnie held on bravely to the last and did not complain.
- But once again this year the rains have failed, and the crops are scorched and wilted.
- Agriculture in Africa is rain-fed, and when those rains fail so do the crops, exacerbating food insecurity.
- Even as we speak, what worries us is the fact that our crop is failing because of the rains, because of the drought, and we are not the only ones who are hit with it.
- Yet, businesses fail because of a lack of knowledge, money, and support.
- I will not stand by and watch American businesses fail because of unfair trading practices abroad.
- Akwaake said it has been noted that many new businesses fail because of the lack of mentoring.
- It is feared that their children will be given an automatic fail mark because the number of days they study at school falls far short of the minimum set by the education authorities.
- The pollen certificate might help them get a fail upgraded to a pass grade, or even a lower than expected pass grade increased.
- He has one pass in biology (grade D) a fail in chemistry (grade N) and an unclassified in maths.
- Who knows, it might still be a fail.
- That was it, game over, we limped into the last control having dropped 20 mins alone on the second half and collecting a fail.
- The more fails allowed, the longer the test required.
too big to fail
- (Of a financial organization or other business) so important to the economy of a country that a government or central bank must take measures to prevent it from ceasing to trade or going bankrupt: he caused a stir earlier this month when he said that no company was too big to failMore example sentences
- Ultimately, if the US authorities eventually behave in a way that convinces the public that the market is too big to fail, the bubble could well last longer; the political spadework has been laid down for years.
- For decades, governments across the West have permitted the creation of moral hazard in the banking system by encouraging the belief that banks are too big to fail.
- And the greater the accumulation of foreign liabilities, the more the Monetary Regime became "too big to fail."
- With no exception; always: he writes every week without failMore example sentences
without exception, unfailingly, constantly, regularly, invariably, dependably, conscientiously, reliably, faithfully, predictably, punctually, religiously, whatever happened, alwaysinformal like clockwork
- Roast beef and chicken dinners are weekly occurrences and on every occasion without fail the meat is always perfect.
- We got to choose a sweet for under 10 pence and she always, without fail, abandoned us at the checkout.
- There are certain websites which always, without fail, get the wrong password out of me.
Middle English: from Old French faillir (verb), faille (noun), based on Latin fallere 'deceive'.
false from Old English:
Along with default (Middle English), fail (Middle English), and fault (Middle English), false comes from Latin fallere ‘to deceive’. A false dawn is a light which in Eastern countries is briefly seen about an hour before sunrise. The expression, the translation of an Arabic phrase, is often used to describe a promising situation which has, or is likely to, come to nothing.
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