Failure

in vain

Meaning: without success

Example: It seems as if the merger will go through and all our hard work has been in vain. Read on

famous last words

Meaning: a comment or a prophecy that is expected to be proved incorrect

Example: I was thinking that I will not have dinner today. Famous last words, I am very hungry. Read on

lose it

Meaning: go insane or crazy

Example: I thought he had lost it when he told me how much his new car had cost. Read on

up a blind alley

Meaning: to be doing something that will definitely have a negative outcome

Example: The trip was up a blind alley it seems because the travel agent could not even jot down a proper itinerary. I wonder why they booked a holiday with such a shady company anyway. Read on

close, but no cigar

Meaning: be very close to accomplishing a goal but fall short

Example: You did quite well for someone who was playing for the first time. You attempt for close, but no cigar. Read on

do or die

Meaning: a situation in which you must take a big risk in order to avoid failure

Example: A do-or-die attempt to halt the invaders. Read on

come a cropper

Meaning: to not succeed at something

Example: The minister came a cropper as soon as she was elected. Hence she was transferred from her ministry and given something else to do in the cabinet. Read on

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be up on

Meaning: be well informed about a matter or subject

Example: If you want to start teaching English to grown-up kids, you need to be up on it else you're going to be unable to clarify their doubts. Read on

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