failing Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"failing" in British English

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failingnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/
a ​fault or ​weakness: His one ​big failing is that he never says he's ​sorry.

failingpreposition

uk   us   /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/
if that is not ​possible: Buy her some ​flowers, or failing that, just ​send her a ​card. Appointments are ​available on the 2nd and the 6th of this ​month but failing either of those, we could ​fit you in on the 15th.

failingadjective

uk   us   /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/
becomingweaker or less ​successful: a failing ​business failing ​eyesight In the failing ​light, it was hard to ​read the ​streetsigns.
(Definition of failing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"failing" in American English

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failingnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfeɪ·lɪŋ/

failing noun [C] (WEAKNESS)

a ​fault or ​weakness: His one ​big failing is that he can’t say he’s ​sorry.

failingpreposition

 us   /ˈfeɪ·lɪŋ/

failing preposition (WITHOUT)

used to show what will ​happen if something is not ​possible or ​available: She will very ​likely be the next ​president of the ​company, or failing that, the ​marketingdirector.
(Definition of failing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “failing”
in Chinese (Simplified) 弱点, 缺点…
in Turkish kusur, kötü kalite…
in Russian недостаток…
in Chinese (Traditional) 弱點, 缺點…
in Polish słabość, wada…
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