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washout

noun [C usually singular] (FAILURE)    /ˈwɒʃ.aʊt/ US  /ˈwɑː.ʃaʊt/ informal
a complete failure: The last party was a bit of a washout - hardly anyone turned up.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
(Definition of washout noun (FAILURE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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