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  • get worse
    • Her health is declining
  • prove insufficient
    • The water supply for the town failed after a long drought
  • become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close
    • The toy company went bankrupt after the competition hired cheap Mexican labor
    • A number of banks failed that year
  • fall short in what is expected
    • She failed in her obligations as a good daughter-in-law
    • We must not fail his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust
  • fail to get a passing grade
    • She studied hard but failed nevertheless
    • Did I fail the test?
  • judge unacceptable
    • The teacher failed six students
  • be unable
    • I fail to understand your motives
  • stop operating or functioning
    • The engine finally went
    • The car died on the road
    • The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town
    • The coffee maker broke
    • The engine failed on the way to town
    • her eyesight went after the accident
  • disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
    • His sense of smell failed him this time
    • His strength finally failed him
    • His children failed him in the crisis
  • be unsuccessful
    • Where do today's public schools fail?
    • The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably
  • fail to do something; leave something undone
    • She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib
    • The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account
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