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English definition of “failing”

failing

preposition     /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/
if that is not possible: Give her a book, or failing that, buy her something to wear. 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.Impossible and improbable
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