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We have a recruiting meeting at —— Hall at six, and I must be there without fail.

All these things must be ready on the levee at nine, without fail.

So he's to be garrotted the day after to-morrow, without fail.

Expect us to-morrow night without fail, and see that everything is prepared.

I shall come for you without fail, and by this sign you shall know when I am coming.

And you must bring me that "remainder" without fail, Gaston—you hear me?

We had been urged, personally and by letter, to ascend this mountain, without fail.

Dear Sir:—If in your power, be in W—— in two days, without fail.

I received your message that you must see me tonight without fail.

But you shall have them on the morning of the 29th without fail.

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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