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to abdicate

to abdicate

/ˈæbdəˌkeɪt/
verb
*** fail to fulfill or undertake (a responsibility or duty)

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to backfire

to backfire

/ˈbækˌfaɪɹ/
verb
to have a result contrary to what one desired

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at the expense of

at the expense of

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used when something is done by putting someone or something else at risk

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deficiency

deficiency

/dɪˈfɪʃənsi/
noun
an existing weakness or fault in someone or something

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to elude

to elude

/ɪˈɫud/
verb
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

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to doom

to doom

/ˈdum/
verb
to have no choice but to die, fail, etc.
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Collective judgments were doomed to be extreme. "

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fiasco

fiasco

/fiˈæskoʊ/
noun
a sudden and violent collapse

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to flatline

to flatline

/flˈætlaɪn/
verb
*** fail to increase; remain static

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to flounder

to flounder

/ˈfɫaʊndɝ/
verb
behave awkwardly; have difficulties

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futile

futile

/ˈfjutəɫ/
adjective
serving no purpose or not producing any useful results

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hassle

hassle

/ˈhæsəɫ/
noun
a situation that is disturbing because it causes difficulty or problems

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ill-fated

ill-fated

/ˈɪlfˈeɪɾᵻd/
adjective
marked by bringing bad fortune or ending in failure

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to implode

to implode

/ˌɪmˈpɫoʊd/
verb
(of a system, organization, etc.) to experience a sudden or dramatic failure

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inauspicious

inauspicious

/ˌɪˌnaʊˈspɪʃɪs/
adjective
contrary to your interests or welfare

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inconvenience

inconvenience

/ˌɪnkənˈvinjəns/
noun
difficulties caused by something that makes one irritated or uncomfortable

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in vain

in vain

/ɪn vˈeɪn/
adverb
with no success

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to languish

to languish

/ˈɫæŋɡwɪʃ/
verb
to fail to be successful or make any progress

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lost cause

lost cause

/lˈɔst kˈɔːz/
noun
a thing or person that is impossible to improve or succeed

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to miscarry

to miscarry

/mɪskˈæɹi/
verb
be fail to achieve success or reach the desired outcome

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nonentity

nonentity

/nɑˈnɛntəti/
noun
a person of no influence

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to overreach

to overreach

/ˈoʊvɝˌɹitʃ/
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fail by aiming too high or trying too hard

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pathetic

pathetic

/pəˈθɛtɪk/
adjective
deserving or inciting pity

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to plague

to plague

/ˈpɫeɪɡ/
verb
to continually cause someone or something difficulty, pain, or worry
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Because they don't know what's plaguing them, they have no idea how to stop it.

In 1665, 100,000 people died from an illness called the plague.

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precarious

precarious

/pɹiˈkɛɹiəs/
adjective
affording no ease or reassurance

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to scupper

to scupper

/ˈskəpɝ/
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to do something in order to cause something such as an opportunity or plan to fail

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setback

setback

/ˈsɛtˌbæk/
noun
a problem that gets in the way of a process or makes it worse

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to strike out

to strike out

/stɹˈaɪk ˈaʊt/
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to not succeed in doing or accomplishing something

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to unravel

to unravel

/ənˈɹævəɫ/
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(of a scheme, system, organization, etc.) to begin to fail or fall apart

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to talk down

to talk down

/tˈɔːk dˈaʊn/
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speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child

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underdog

underdog

/ˈəndɝˌdɔɡ/
noun
a person, team, etc. that does not have a high chance of success or winning because of being seemingly weaker than others

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unattainable

unattainable

/ˌənəˈteɪnəbəɫ/
adjective
not possible to reach or obtain

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thorny

thorny

/ˈθɔɹni/
adjective
causing problem or difficulty

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to break down

to break down

/bɹˈeɪk dˈaʊn/
verb
(of a relationship, negotiation, etc.) to cease to work, and fail

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to fall flat

to fall flat

/fˈɔːl flˈæt/
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(of a plan, joke, remark, etc.) to fail amuse or interest others

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fatally

fatally

/ˈfeɪtəɫi/
adverb
in a way that almost guarantees failure or disaster

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to haunt

to haunt

/ˈhɔnt/
verb
*** be persistently in the mind of (someone)

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to miss the mark

to miss the mark

/mˈɪs ðə mˈɑːɹk/
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to fail in achieving the desired result

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