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to be unsuccessful when you try to do something
to begin to fail
to fail to be successful or to improve
if a plan or idea backfires, it has the opposite effect of the one that you wanted
to gradually fail, become less enthusiastic, or disappear, especially after starting successfully
to fail to catch something that is being thrown or given to you
to suddenly fail or stop existing
if a play, movie, or new product flops, it is completely unsuccessful
if a business crashes, it fails suddenly and completely
… a language for human communication which has been invented and has not developed naturally
the gear that you use for driving a vehicle very slowly
spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles
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