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Fail, subst. 1) failure, omission: “mark and perform it, for the f. of any point in it shall be death to thyself,” Wint. II, 3, 170.
2) want, deficiency: “his highness' f. of issue,” Wint. V, 1, 27. “by this my issue's f.” H8 II, 4, 198. “how grounded he his title to the crown, upon our f.?” I, 2, 145 (== in case of our want of issue).
3) offence: “the public body . . . hath sense of its own f.” Tim. V, 1, 151 (O. Edd. “fall). goodly and gallant shall be false and perjured from thy great f.” Cymb. III, 4, 66.
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