fizzles

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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