- run out
- give out
- go under
- conk out
- break down
- go on the rocks
- drown in red ink
(slang, US) A failure (something incapable of success)
- With no chance of failure:
Be here at noon without fail.
- to fail to achieve; be without
Other Word Forms of Fail
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Origin of Fail
From Middle English failen, from Anglo-Norman faillir, from Vulgar Latin *fallire, alteration of Latin fallere (“to deceive, disappoint”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰāl- (“to lie, deceive”). Compare Dutch feilen, falen (“to fail, miss”), German fehlen (“to fail, miss, lack”), Danish feile (“to fail, err”), Swedish fela (“to fail, be wanting, do wrong”), Icelandic feila (“to fail”).
Middle English failen from Old French faillir from Vulgar Latin fallīre variant of Latin fallere to deceive
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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