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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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July 21, 2009: Five offences of failing to ensure a child attends school.
Natalie Thomas, aged 23, of Violet Close, Bell Green, Coventry, failing to comply with a community order, community order extended by three months with supervision.
Those required to make periodic reports under Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 13 or 15(d), are now required to disclose in those reports the payment of (1) a penalty imposed for failing to disclose a listed transaction; (2) an understatement penalty resulting from a failure to disclose a listed or reportable transaction; and (3) a gross valuation misstatement penalty under Sec.
There's a reason why NCLB is causing so many more schools to be labeled as failing (some 26,000 schools, or one in four nationwide, failed state standards this year and face sanctions if they do so again next year).
Placide Mobeka, aged 38, of Wid-drington Road, Radford, 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, fined pounds 480, banned from driving for 12 months under totting up provisions.
It is, in fact, based closely on a two-year-old federal program created in a compromise between the Clinton administration and House Republicans that funneled $360 million to help improve failing schools, but failed to provide any real choice for parents.
Imran Mian, aged 21, of Thomas King House, Wellington Street, Hillfields, Coventry, driving with an incorrect licence, failing to produce a licence, using a vehicle without insurance and without a test certificate, failing to produce a certificate of insurance and failing to produce a test certificate, fined pounds 350.
Margaret Elizabeth McBrien, aged 41, of Hermes Crescent, Wyken, Coventry, failing to surrender to custody, fined pounds 50.
Laura Ann Davies, aged 25, of Bromleigh Road, Radford, Coventry, 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 comply with a No Entry sign and failing to comply with a red light signal, fined pounds 600.
However, such a person may have several causes of action against the failing seller.
Emmanuel Adesina, aged 20, of Nunts Lane, 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 and failing to produce a test certificate, fined pounds 400.
The pending prosecution of parents charged with failing to send their child to school is the second such case in recent years in local schools, and is in step with Santa Clarita's truancy program.
It also alleges that "defendants have undertaken a course of mismanagement which is rendering the stock worthless, (which) includes the following: Failing to file proper reports required of reporting companies pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which will result in AMDR losing the price quotation of its common stock .
A COVENTRY man has been jailed for 56 days by city magistrates for offences including two counts of failing to surrender to custody.