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fail the smell test

To be morally questionable, unacceptable, or untrustworthy. The new pro-drilling bill that's being put through Congress certainly fails the smell test, and many are suspicious that Big Oil has been responsible for its inception.
See also: fail, smell, test

fail of success

To not reach a goal or accomplishment. I know you worked hard on the fundraiser, so I'm really sorry to hear that you failed of success. After not making the team last year, I'm really hoping I don't fail of success this time around.
See also: fail, of, success
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Dominic James Kingsman, aged 25, of Morland Road, Holbrooks, Coventry, driving with an incorrect licence, failing to produce a licence, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to produce a certificate of insurance, using a vehicle without a test certificate, failing to produce a test certificate and driving a vehicle on a motorway with a provisional licence, fined pounds 480.
Hani Asharif, aged 24, of Roseberry Avenue, Bell Green, Coventry, driving with an incorrect licence, failing to produce a licence, using a vehicle without insurance failing to produce a certificate of insurance, using a vehicle without a test certificate and failing to produce a test certificate, fined pounds 350.
Martin John Hughes, aged 33, of Barkers Butts Lane, Coundon, Coventry, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident, fined pounds 240.
Raymond Kinsella, aged 19, of William Malcolm House, Attoxhall Road, Wyken, Coventry, driving with an incorrect licence, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to produce a certificate of insurance, using a vehicle without a test certificate and failing to produce a test certificate, fined pounds 375.
Wayne Anthony Evans, aged 26, of Houston Road, Rugby, driving with an incorrect licence, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to produce a certificate of insurance, using a vehicle without a test certificate and failing to produce a test certificate, fined pounds 400.
Lea Troth, aged 33, of Whitworth Avenue, Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry, driving with an incorrect licence, failing to produce a licence, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to produce a certificate of insurance, using a vehicle without a test certificate and failing to produce a test certificate, fined pounds 300.
Carl Anthony Swinburn, aged 23, of Wren Street, Hillfields, Coventry, driving with an incorrect licence, failing to produce a licence, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to produce a certificate of insurance, using a vehicle without a test certificate and failing to produce a test certificate, fined pounds 505.
Mehboob Alam, aged 18, of Stoughton Road, Coventry, driving with an incorrect licence, using a vehicle without insurance and failing to produce a test certificate, fined pounds 200.
July 11, 2005: One offence of failing to ensure a child attends school.
Jacek Andrzej Kelm, aged 24, of Westwood Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, driving with an incorrect licence, failing to produce a licence, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to produce a certificate of insurance, using a vehicle without a test certificate, failing to produce a test certificate, failing to conform to a red light signal, fined pounds 540.
The fast-growing demands of regulatory compliance and the rising risks of failing to address those demands effectively are worrying executives.
failing to inspect accumulation storage areas at least weekly * storing leaking cans and drums With unknown substances in storage areas
With hard drives exceeding 500GBs in capacity and even larger drives on the horizon, the impact of a single drive failing and the resulting intensive XOR rebuild has reached the point of no return.
6011-4, which required all taxpayers to disclose certain transactions that fell into one of six broad categories, prescribed no penalties for failing to disclose a "reportable transaction"
The agency in charge of the task, the California Department of Education, gave failing grades to schools that were actually decent performers, and passing grades to schools that were, in fact, failing.