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fail

2 noun
     
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without fail

a) if you do something without fail, you always do it:
Tim visits his mother every day without fail.
b) used to tell someone very firmly that they must do something:
I want that work finished by tomorrow, without fail!
2 [countable]SE an unsuccessful result in a test or examination [≠ pass]:
I got a fail in history.

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