fizzle

[fiz-uhl]
verb (used without object), fizzled, fizzling.
1.
to make a hissing or sputtering sound, especially one that dies out weakly.
2.
Informal. to fail ignominiously after a good start (often followed by out ): The reform movement fizzled out because of poor leadership.
noun
3.
a fizzling, hissing, or sputtering.
4.
Informal. a failure; fiasco.

Origin:
1525–35; earlier fysel to break wind, frequentative of *fise < Old Norse fīsa to break wind; akin to feist


2. miscarry, collapse, founder.
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fizzle (ˈfɪzəl)
 
vb
1.  to make a hissing or bubbling sound
2.  informal (often foll by out) to fail or die out, esp after a promising start
 
n
3.  a hissing or bubbling sound; fizz
4.  informal an outright failure; fiasco
 
[C16: probably from obsolete fist to break wind]

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fizzle
1530s, "to break wind without noise," probably altered from obsolete fist, from M.E. fisten "break wind" (see feisty). Related: Fizzled; fizzling. Noun sense of "failure, fiasco" is from 1846, originally U.S. college slang for "failure in an exam."
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fizzle definition

[ˈfɪzlæ]
  1. n.
    a failure; something that sputters away. : The whole project was a fizzle.
  2. in.
    to fail; to peter out. : The whole plan fizzled, and we had to start over.
  3. F
    a wild card word for words beginning with , such as fuck, fool. (Streets. Also for other words with initial F.) : That dude is such a fizzle!
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Example sentences
The early euphoria could rapidly fizzle into surly disappointment.
Remove any one of the basic components, though, and the fire will either fail
  to ignite or will fizzle out by itself.
With the local elections over, the protests will probably fizzle for a while.
If they stall, the coalition could yet fizzle out in failure.
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