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abysmal failure

Failure that is total and extreme in measure or implication. The business was an abysmal failure, and everyone was out of a job within a month.
See also: failure

give (one) heart failure

To shock, frighten, or upset someone suddenly and to an extreme degree. Often used with "nearly," "almost," or some similar modifier. Adrian almost gave his parents heart failure when he told them he was dropping out of college. You about gave me heart failure, sneaking up on me like that!
See also: failure, give, heart

failure to thrive

A medical term used to describe an infant or young child who has experienced delays in physical growth, for a variety of possible reasons. I'm a bit concerned about little Howie's failure to thrive, so I want you to bring him back the office next week for further examination.
See also: failure, thrive

success has many fathers, failure is an orphan

People are quick to associate themselves with successful ventures and distance themselves from failures. A: "All the people who were so excited about this project in the beginning now act like they've never even heard of it." B: "Well, success has many fathers, failure is an orphan."
See also: failure, many, success

have heart failure

To be shocked, frightened, or upset suddenly and to an extreme degree. Often used with "nearly," "almost," or some similar modifier. Adrian's parents almost had heart failure when he told them he was dropping out of college. I just about had heart failure when you snuck up on me like that!
See also: failure, have, heart

give someone heart failure

Frighten or startle someone very much, as in You nearly gave me heart failure when you told me you were quitting. It is also put as have heart failure, meaning "be frightened or startled," as in I just about had heart failure when I heard about her accident. These hyperbolic terms allude to the life-threatening physical condition in which the heart fails to pump blood at an adequate rate or stops altogether. Also see heart misses a beat.
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In order to understand the methodology put forth in this paper, it is important to first establish the link between failure and the occurrence rating.
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The American Heart Association (AHA) announced in March that exercise helps treat heart failure patients, provided they avoid sudden surges of adrenaline, and rest for a day in lieu of a workout if they are exhausted.
As a result, many of these students have established clear self-expectations for success or failure along with positive or negative self-concepts.
This in-depth geriatric assessment provided the team with directions to reverse or halt failure to thrive similar to those outlined by others, such as Boston University Medical Center, which recognized organic etiologies of failure, as well as psychosocial factors and their interactions.
A failure to pay will be considered to be due to reasonable cause to the extent that the taxpayer has made a satisfactory showing that he exercised ordinary business care and prudence in providing for payment of his tax liability and was nevertheless either unable to pay the tax or would suffer an undue hardship (as described in [sections] 1.
The report was based on an 18-month review of available data on the treatment of heart failure, including numerous clinical studies indicating that the use of ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in combination with digitalis and diuretics can dramatically improve outcomes.
Researchers don't know what causes congestive heart failure.
02 states that "a Qualification Failure is not corrected unless full correction is made for all participants and beneficiaries, and for all taxable years (whether or not the taxable year is closed).