flunking out

flunk

[fluhngk]
verb (used without object)
1.
to fail in a course or examination.
verb (used with object)
2.
to fail to get a passing mark in: to flunk math.
3.
to give a failing grade to; remove (a student) as unqualified from a school or course.
noun
4.
a failure, as in a course or examination.
Verb phrases
5.
flunk out, to fail and be unable to continue in: He flunked out of flight school.

Origin:
1815–25, Americanism; perhaps akin to flinch1, funk1

unflunked, adjective
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flunk (flʌŋk)
 
vb (foll by out)
1.  to fail or cause to fail to reach the required standard in (an examination, course, etc)
2.  to be dismissed from a school or college through failure in examinations
 
n
3.  a low grade below the pass standard
 
[C19: perhaps from flinch1 + funk1]

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flunk
1823, Amer.Eng. college slang, original meaning "to back out, give up, fail," traditionally said to be an alteration of British university slang funk "to be frightened, shrink from" (see funk (1)). Related: Flunked; flunking.
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