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fizzle


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fizzle  \Fiz"zle\,  n. 
  A  failure  or  abortive  effort.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fizzle  \Fiz"zle\  (f[i^]z"z'l),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fizzled} 
  (-z'ld);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Fizzling}  (-zl[i^]ng).]  [See 
  {Fizz}.] 
  1.  To  make  a  hissing  sound. 
 
  It  is  the  easiest  thing  sir,  to  be  done  As  plain 
  as  fizzling.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  2.  To  make  a  ridiculous  failure  in  an  undertaking.  [Colloq. 
  or  Low] 
 
  {To  fizzle  out},  to  burn  with  a  hissing  noise  and  then  go 
  out  like  wet  gunpowder;  hence  to  fail  completely  and 
  ridiculously;  to  prove  a  failure.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fizzle 
  v  :  end  weakly;  "The  music  just  petered  out--there  was  no  proper 
  ending"  [syn:  {taper  off},  {peter  out},  {fizzle  out}] 




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