fail in

fail in something

to have not earned passing or satisfactory grades in some school subject. George is failing in geometry. I hope I do not fail in math.
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fail in

v.
1. To fail to achieve some goal or effort: I am failing in all of my attempts to win the contest.
2. To achieve unsatisfactory grades in an academic subject: Because I am failing in math, I am seeing a tutor.
3. To give someone an unsatisfactory grade in an academic subject: My teacher failed me in algebra despite my hard work.
See also: fail
References in classic literature ?
Lynde would say, the sun will go on rising and setting whether I fail in geometry or not.
I might have known I would fail in anything I tried to do.
Neither relations nor friends shall prevail on me to falter and fail in my husband's cause.
But granted a prince who has established himself as above, who can command, and is a man of courage, undismayed in adversity, who does not fail in other qualifications, and who, by his resolution and energy, keeps the whole people encouraged--such a one will never find himself deceived in them, and it will be shown that he has laid his foundations well.
At Tahiti it used to be death for one of the inferior orders to approach, without permission, under the shadow, of the king's house; or to fail in paying the customary reverence when food destined for the king was borne past them by his messengers.
Attempts to allow cops to pull over unbuckled drivers fail in Virginia, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah.
Such forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including risks that product candidates may fail in the clinic or may not be successfully marketed, the Company may lack financial resources to complete development of product candidates, competing products may be more successful, demand for new pharmaceutical products may decrease, the biopharmaceutical industry may experience negative market trends and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Risks and uncertainties include: product candidates may fail in the clinic or may not be successfully marketed; lack of financial resources to complete development of clinical candidates; and competing products.