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Had the encounter been anticipated his composure would perhaps have failed him.

Yet he failed not to regard these indulgences as utter folly.

Besides, it was not very substantial, and failed to keep up their wonted strength.

Even this, however, failed to afford them as much variety as they wished.

In this case, I can only hope that in my experience it failed so to do.

The Phoenicians who were not interested in piety succeeded where the others had failed.

That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system.

It was charged that the system of education at Eton failed in every point.

Concessions were made, but they failed to reconcile the opposition.

But her interest in his hobby for once failed to awaken his enthusiasm.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French falir (11c., Modern French faillir) "be lacking, miss, not succeed," from Vulgar Latin *fallire, from Latin fallere "to trip, cause to fall;" figuratively "to deceive, trick, dupe, cheat, elude; fail, be lacking or defective." Related: Failed; failing. Replaced Old English abreoðan.

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