Definition of failing in English:


Syllabification: fail·ing
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.


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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

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