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noun [countable]     fail pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    British a result in a test that shows someone or something has not achieved a satisfactory score or standard

    Is 45% a pass or a fail?

  2. 2
    informal a mistake or a failure, especially of something that was expected to be good

    The US healthcare system is just a fail in both cost and healthcare outcomes.

    If the aim was to get our sympathy, it’s an epic fail.

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