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noun as in lapse, shortcoming

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Sensing trouble, when Johnson assumed the role, many onlookers used the phrase “glass cliff” to indicate the belief that Johnson was taking on leadership of a failing company and thus doomed to fail herself.

From Fortune

The state of global bodies that, despite their many failings, have been instrumental in building and enforcing international laws is no better.

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In his ruling, Judge Tan Ikram said Uber, which claims to have over 45,000 drivers in the city, was now “fit and proper” to hold a London private-hire vehicle operator’s license “despite their historical failings.”

From Fortune

The company’s failings reflect a broader struggle within the industry to commercialize a technology with so much promise.

From Fortune

The National Security Council in this early period also struggled, without someone with a clinical epidemiology or global health security background empowered to run the response or challenge health officials — a huge failing, this official added.

He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.

Annie Lee Cooper, well played by Winfrey, is shown trying but failing to register to vote.

But failing that, he advised pro-immigration reform Republican candidates such as former Gov. Jeb Bush to just skip the state.

They recorded 10,549 graves on or near the railway in 144 cemeteries, failing to locate only 52 graves.

So by failing, I go audition for Any Given Sunday [and] things turn out right.

HE ordered a lunch which he thought the girl would like, with wine to revive the faculties that he knew must be failing.

The foster-father, who was an American resident in Hong-Kong, found his eyesight gradually failing him.

Before Ulm he nearly ruined Napoleon's combination by failing to get in contact with the enemy.

Norman went slowly down, with failing knees, hardly able to conquer the shudder that came over him, as he passed those rooms.

The country abounded in excellent native fruits, and the mandioc furnished never-failing stores of bread.


On this page you'll find 121 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to failing, such as: declining, defeated, faint, scant, scanty, and short.

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