Meaning: fail to do something; leave something undone; "She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib"; "The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"
fail, go_wrong, miscarry
Meaning: be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
Meaning: disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake; "His sense of smell failed him this time"; "His strength finally failed him"; "His children failed him in the crisis"
fail, go_bad, give_way, die, give_out, conk_out, go, break, break_down
Meaning: stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
Meaning: be unable; "I fail to understand your motives"
I do not fail to admire
"Without fail, depend upon it.
In time the Cid's health began to fail.
After that the rain cannot fail to come.
If I should fail in it what would Jo say?"
But if after all we should fail, be it so.
His conflicts never fail to end in triumph.
"I fail to see how you could have done more."
Don't follow me now, or watch, or I might fail."
My one fear now was that he would fail to get off.