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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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A failed Roth conversion results when a taxpayer converts a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in a year in which adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds $100,000.
Department investigators later found that the reasons cited for failing the Sotos were unjustified, and approved their Home Study - a reversal that county attorneys failed to mention to appellate court justices ruling on the case.
A slowed application might be degrading because its primary path has already failed and it has switched successfully to its secondary path which, as a result, is experiencing high workloads and sluggish performance.
In addition, the ASH subsidiaries' lawsuit charges that Chubb failed to disclose "all benefits" and "coverage" under the policy and failed to respond to letters from ASH in April 2004 and March 2005 protesting the denial of coverage, thus violating the California Fair Claims Settlement Practice Regulations.
RAID levels vary by the way they handle failed drive replacement, which is how fast they can fully recover after a failed drive has been replaced with a new drive.
Letter Ruling 9926008: the corporation's shareholders hired an attorney to file the election and he failed to timely file it;
During the Class Period, defendants knew, but concealed that: (i) Rhodia's ChiRex unit was impaired and had not been written down in a timely fashion; (ii) Rhodia failed to write down deferred tax assets to recoverable values in 2002 and failed to do so until th end of 2003; (iii) Rhodia failed to properly report its outstanding debt; and (iv) Rhodia failed to include disclosures necessary for investors to understand the trends in its business.
Each node automatically senses if another node in the cluster has failed, and processes running on the failed node continue to run on an operational one.
They found that 21 sex offenders moved out of state, and while they were registered with their law enforcement in their new cities, had failed to notify the Santa Clarita authorities, officials said.
The Service contended that NGS failed to elect out of MACRS on its original returns under Sec.
I have given passing grades to students who failed all of their tests, to students who refused to read their assignments, to students who were absent as often as not, to students who were not even functionally literate.
There is near zero data loss in this auto fail-over scenario, so when the failed management console resumes normal operation it instantly receives all metrics that have been reported to the cluster during its downtime.
In East Wind Industries, the taxpayer, a contract manufacturer of military clothes for the Defense Department, failed to remit employment taxes from mid-1982 through 1996.
Bottom line image backup, coupled with a universal boot CD, represents the fastest and simplest method to recover from a failed operating system disk.
The county failed to analyze the effect of the project on endangered species and biological habitats in the area,'' Santa Clarita City Attorney Carl Newton said Tuesday.