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fail

Education a failure to attain the required standard, as in an examination
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Moody Spurgeon still thinks he failed in history and Charlie says he failed in algebra.
She knew that all Avonlea junior was wondering which would come out first; she even knew that Jimmy Glover and Ned Wright had a bet on the question and that Josie Pye had said there was no doubt in the world that Gilbert would be first; and she felt that her humiliation would be unbearable if she failed.
But this method was a dangerous one, only to be employed when everything else had failed.
This we promptly arranged between us; but when, ten minutes later and in pursuance of our arrangement, we met in the hall, it was only to report on either side that after guarded inquiries we had altogether failed to trace her.
My hand was on my friend's arm, but she failed for the moment, confronted with such an account of the matter, to respond to my pressure.
Long and careful consideration of the question led the housekeeper at last to the bold resolution of obtaining an interview -- if the servant failed her -with Mrs.
To my surprise she was beautiful; black thoughts had failed to make her expression repulsive, age had failed to wrinkle her satin skin or mar its bloomy freshness.
Only once he failed to seize the cabin-door handle at the first grab.
Daylight failed to hoist him, for the body collapsed at the middle like a part-empty sack of corn.
Keenly as she felt this, Mercy failed, nevertheless, to conquer the horror that shook her when she thought of the impending avowal.
It is the way of the Alps to deliver death to their victims with a merciful swiftness, but here the rule failed.
He told me that a faint stirring was occasionally still audible within the case, but that the workmen had failed to unscrew the top, as it afforded no grip to them.