3. staff, teacher, schoolmasters, Chiefly Brit, masters, (in the English universities) dons, instructors, coaches, tutors, academics; professors, professorate, professoriate, academicians, lecturers, pedagogues.
4. profession, occupation, vocation, calling, metier; discipline, area, field, branch.
5. power, prerogative; license, right, privilege; permission, authorization, sanction. fad, n. vogue, fashion, style, trend, ton, mode, Inf. last word, Fr. dernier cri, SI. the thing, SI. latest or newest thing; craze, mania, rage, furor; whim, fancy, crotchet. fade, v. 1. blanch, blench, bleach, pale, whiten, gray, wash out; dim, cloud, grow dull, lose luster or brightness; etiolate, achromatize, decolor, decolorize.
2. languish, waste away, Dial, dwine, droop, flag, sag, faint; wither, wilt, shrivel, decay, molder, rot; decline, wane, ebb, fall off; fail, deteriorate, degenerate.
3. dissolve, melt away, deliquesce; disappear, evanesce, vanish, vanish into thin air, leave no trace, perish, die.
4. lessen, abate, diminish, decrease, slacken; subside, let up, intermit, cease; taper off, drop off, obsolesce, die out. fag, v. 1. tire, tire out, exhaust, weary, jade; fatigue, prostrate, Inf. tucker out, wear out, knock out, SI. poop, do in; spend, strain, droop, flag.
-n. 2. menial, slave, flunky, Inf. gofer; drudge,
plodder, moiler, laborer.
3. Slang, homosexual. See homosexual (def 2).
4. Slang, cigarette, Inf. butt. See cigarette. fagot, n. 1. bundle of sticks, firewood, kindling; branches, twigs, fascine.
2. bundle, SI. bindle, bale; bunch, cluster; pack, packet, parcel. fail, v. 1. go wrong, abort, miscarry, not succeed, be defeated, be frustrated; flounder, falter, slip, trip, stumble, blunder; shipwreck, run aground, come to grief, meet with disaster, Inf. come a cropper; miss the mark, miss the boat, SI. blow it, SI. flush it, SI. bomb, SI. lay an egg, SI. strike out, wash out, labor in vain, come to nothing; fizzle, fink out, Inf. flop, SI. bite the dust, lose the day, end in smoke, fall flat, go to wrack and ruin, have had it.
2. fall short, stop short of, not reach, fall by the wayside; be deficient, be insufficient, be defective, be wanting, be lacking; not pass muster, not make the grade, SI. not cut the mustard, flunk; disappoint, prove inadequate, turn out badly.
3. dwindle, decline, decay, deteriorate; pine away, languish, fade away, disappear, cease, pass away; wane, give out, droop, ebb, sink, collapse; sicken, weaken, flag, lose vigor, crumble, be on the ropes, SI. be on the downslide, be on one's last legs.
4. go out of business, go bankrupt, go under, Inf. fold or fold up, close down, drown in red ink, go to smash, default on payment, not pay.
5. forsake, desert, omit to perform, neglect to observe; ignore, slight, evade, cut, give the go-by to, shut one's eyes to; avoid, escape, renounce, forswear. failing, n. 1. failure, nonsuccess, nonfulfillment; miscarriage, abortion; no-go, vain attempt; fizzle, fiasco, botch, blunder, washout, flash in the pan.
2. shortcoming, fault, imperfection, defect, weakness; frailty, foible, flaw, blemish, infirmity, blind side.
3. delinquency, dereliction, negligence, inadvertency, omission; indiscretion, offense, peccadillo, mistake, slip, error; recreancy, backsliding, apostasy.
4. wasting away, languor, decline, decay, deterioration, debilitation; collapse, decrepitude, Pathol, atony
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