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fail vb. (2 common down to the Eliz. period)
1. to die H8 I. ii. 184 “had the king in his last sickness f-'”
2. to be at fault, err Meas. III. ii. 279 [271], MND. III. ii. 93 “one man holding troth, A million ,” All'sW. III. i. 15 “to As often as I guess'd,” IV. v. 89, Cor. IV. vii. 40.
3. to leave undone, omit Mac. III. vi. 21 “he f-'d His presence,” Lr. II. iv. 144 “Would her obligation,” Cym. III. iv. 181.
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