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1‘the failure of the assassination attempt’
lack of success, non-success, non-fulfilment, abortion, miscarriage, defeat, frustration, collapse, foundering, misfiring, coming to nothing, falling through
informal fizzling out
2‘every one of his schemes had been a failure’
fiasco, debacle, catastrophe, disaster, blunder, vain attempt, abortion, defeat
British damp squib
informal flop, botch, hash, foul-up, screw-up, washout, let-down, dead loss, dead duck, lead balloon, lemon, fail
British informal cock-up, pig's ear
North American informal snafu, clinker
vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up
3‘I was regarded by everyone as a failure’
loser, born loser, incompetent, non-achiever, underachiever, ne'er-do-well, disappointment, write-off
no one, nobody
informal no-hoper, flop, dud, non-starter, washout, dead loss, lemon
4‘he felt guilty for what seemed like a failure in duty’
negligence, remissness, non-observance, non-performance, dereliction
omission, neglect, oversight
5‘any crop failure could affect a farming business’
inadequacy, insufficiency, deficiency, lack, dearth, scarcity, shortfall
6‘he was puzzled by the failure of the camera’
breaking down, breakdown, non-function, cutting out, seizing up
informal conking out
British informal playing up
7‘the failure of several state-owned companies’
collapse, crash, going under, bankruptcy, insolvency, liquidation, close-down, closure, closing, shutting down, winding up, termination
decline, failing, foundering, sinking, ruin, ruination
informal folding, flop
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