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without fail

Said of something that happens regularly and predictably with no deviations. I have passed the same woman walking her dog every day without fail for five years—but today she wasn't there. I'm really worried about her!
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without fail

for certain; absolutely. I'll be there at noon without fail. The plane leaves on time every day without fail.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

without fail

For certain, as in That check will arrive tomorrow morning without fail. This idiom today is used mainly to strengthen a statement. [Early 1700s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

without fail

absolutely predictably; with no exception or cause for doubt.
Fail as a noun in the sense of ‘failure or deficiency’ is now only found in this phrase.
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without ˈfail

used for emphasizing that something always happens or must happen: She sends me a Christmas card every year without fail.You must be here by 8.30 without fail.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

without fail

With no chance of failure: Be here at noon without fail.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The trial court was directed to dispose of the matter expeditiously within a period of two months without fail.
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Philip, who has kept numerous dogs throughout the years, has taught Kaha lots of tricks, including opening the gate on his return from a walk, shaking hands and waking Philip up at 8.15, without fail, every day, with a big wet kiss.
They say: I always remember my mum's birthday without fail.
ISLAMABAD, May 18, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Chief Commissioner Islamabad Tariq Mahmood Pirzada has directed the District Administration and District Health Officer Islamabad to further strengthen and enhance the surveillance and monitoring of anti-polio measures in the rural areas of Islamabad and ensure that each and every child under five years age is administered the anti-polio drop during routine immunization and national immunization days without fail. Chief Commissioner Islamabad issued these directions during an important meeting on Tuesday to review the progress of anti-polio drives in the rural areas of Islamabad, said a press release.
This already rises pounds 5 a year without fail and no one seems motivated enough to do anything about it.
FOR 47 years I have paid without fail my rates,but I cannot get my garbage collected.
Yet again the Fillongley outfit, who without fail fulfil their own away fixtures, were left in the lurch awaiting for their latest opposition - Oddies in Abbey Green - who failed to put in an appearance leaving the Manor side without a fixture but with a free passage into the last 16 of the League Cup.
Some people don't bother too much about league games but turn up without fail at Scottish Cup ties.