fail

(redirected from failed)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Idioms, Wikipedia.

fail

Education a failure to attain the required standard, as in an examination
References in classic literature ?
"It IS true--I HAVE failed. My notes have been this day protested for ninety-five thousand dollars, and I have not ninety-five dollars in bank.
Moody Spurgeon still thinks he failed in history and Charlie says he failed in algebra.
But this method was a dangerous one, only to be employed when everything else had failed. A word from Passepartout to his master would ruin all.
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.
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.
Ojo did not reply, but he was so dejected that even their arrival at the Emerald City failed to interest him.
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. These men suffered the bitterest death that has been recorded in the history of those mountains, freighted as that history is with grisly tragedies.
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.