Meaning of “tried and found wanting” in the English Dictionary

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"tried and found wanting" in British English

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tried and found wanting

tried and discovered to be not effective:

These policies, said the speaker, have been tried and found wanting.

(Definition of “tried and found wanting” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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