UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfeɪld/

WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. resurrect a failed [company, business]
  2. a failed coup (attempt) in [1958]
  3. a failed [actor, actress, writer, player]
  4. a failed attempt [to, at]
  5. a list of failed [attempts, components]
  6. a failed [relationship, marriage, mission]
  7. (another) failed [driving test, exam, relationship]
  8. a [string, series, run] of failed relationships
  9. a failed [presidency, four years in office]
  10. [received, returned] the failed application
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. fail the [exam, class]
  2. fail at [life, chess, basketball]
  3. UK: failed in the exam
  4. fail [her, your son, your friends]
  5. failed them by (not)
  6. fail (in) your [responsibility, obligation, duty]
  7. fail your driving test
  8. failed to [consider, remember, realize]
  9. failed to [lock the door, shut off the stove]
  10. fail to [comply, provide, resolve, repair]
  11. failed to [inquire, ask, convince, persuade]
  12. failed to [install, remove]
  13. you never fail to surprise me
  14. cannot fail to be [impressed, amused, moved] (by)
  15. [you, the plan] can't fail
  16. it never fails
  17. feel you have failed
  18. the [economy, company, project] is failing
  19. the [bank, business, company, economy] failed
  20. his [speed, strength, energy, stamina] failed
  21. [their marriage, her health] is failing
  22. failed [due to, because of]
  23. (car) failed on [start-up, ignition]
  24. [you can't, you won't, it's impossible to] fail
  25. US: fail out of [school, college]
  1. slang: epic fail
  2. slang: was a (complete) parenting fail!
  3. that was a [complete, total] fail
  4. at least it was not a [complete] fail
  5. well, [today, the party] was a fail
  6. always [finish, go, stop] without fail
  7. be [here, home] at 10 without fail
  8. [six] passes and [two] fails
  9. [eliminated, out] after three fails
  10. [F, 39%] is a fail
n as adj
  1. a fail grade
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