to be unsuccessful in an attemptHe was afraid the revolution they had started would fail.
The talks have foundered.
come to nothing, , , ,
Their partnership broke down after too many disagreements.
The film flopped badly at the box office.
The deal fell through.
fall short of, ,
My career miscarried when I thought I had everything.
be in vain, ,
fall by the wayside,
come to grief,
So many marriages have come to grief over lack of money.
come a cropper (informal),
bite the dust,
Her first marriage bit the dust because of irreconcilable differences.
go up in smoke,
go belly-up (slang),
come to naught,
lay an egg (slang, mainly US, Canadian),
go by the board,
not make the grade (informal),
go down like a lead balloon (informal),
turn out badly,
fall flat on your face,
meet with disaster,
be found lacking or wanting
to prove disappointing or useless to someoneWe waited twenty-one years; don't fail us now.
He said that he was surprised and disappointed by the decision.
She claimed that her friends had abandoned her.
Poor farmers are deserting their fields and looking for jobs.
She neglected to inform me of her change of plans.
She had omitted to tell him she was leaving.
I still love you and would never forsake you.
turn your back on,
be disloyal to,
break your word,
Don't forget that all dogs need a supply of water.
to stop operatingThe lights mysteriously failed.
stop working, ,
The engine coughed, spluttered, and died.
Their car broke down.
cease, , ,
A small number of firms have ceased trading.
Radiation can cause microprocessors to malfunction.
crash (a computer),
go on the blink (informal),
In fact many food crops failed because of the drought.
to go bankruptSo far this year, 104 banks have failed.
When the market crashed they assumed the deal would be cancelled.
His business empire collapsed under a massive burden of debt.
fold (informal), ,
The company folded in 1990.
If one firm goes under it could provoke a cascade of bankruptcies.
go bust (informal),
Hundreds of restaurants went bust last year.
go out of business,
be wound up,
go broke (informal),
go to the wall,
Even big companies are going to the wall these days.
go into receivership,
go into liquidation,
He was 93 and his health was failing rapidly.
a declining birth rate
The storm was finally beginning to weaken.
Family structures are weakening and breaking up.
There are fears that the situation may deteriorate.
The factory's workforce has dwindled.
The argument degenerated into a fist fight.
fall apart at the seams,
The university system is falling apart at the seams.
be on your last legs (informal)
to stop operatingHere in the hills, the light failed more quickly.
After that all her worries faded away.
Their memory of what happened has dimmed.
wane, , ,
His interest in art to wane.
The strike seemed to be petering out.
The sound died away.
Our hopes were sinking fast.
to judge or be judged as being below the officially accepted standard required in a course or examinationI lived in fear of failing my end-of-term exams.
flunk (informal), , , ,
not make the grade,
not come up to scratch, ,
not come up to the mark (informal)
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in the sense of abandon
to desert or leaveShe claimed that her friends had abandoned her.
in the sense of bite the dust
to stop functioningHer first marriage bit the dust because of irreconcilable differences.
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Life on the edge
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