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fail

Education a failure to attain the required standard, as in an examination
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This course, when others fail, may be good, but it is very bad to have neglected all other expedients for that, since you would never wish to fall because you trusted to be able to find someone later on to restore you.
Any man who fails to obey his new General will be promptly thrown away.
"So you have failed, Countess," her host said, knitting his grey brows at her.
"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.
"And you are so dreadfully general that I fail to follow you.
Lynde would say, the sun will go on rising and setting whether I fail in geometry or not.
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.
"I might have known I would fail in anything I tried to do."