As a free man, Northup frequently met with slaves, and without fail he counseled them to strike for freedom.
But the money is not mine, and must be paid back by the 31st of December of next year without fail.
Dear Sir:—If in your power, be in W—— in two days, without fail.
In truth I am resolved now to marry, and without fail I shall do it quickly.
I received your message that you must see me tonight without fail.
Send for him, and tell him to call at the castle early to-morrow morning, without fail.
But you shall have them on the morning of the 29th without fail.
So she went day by day without fail, in heat and cold, in fine weather and foul, and poured milk and honey on the stone.
"I will be there without fail, Meer Sahib, and will be cautious," was the reply.
And you must bring me that "remainder" without fail, Gaston—you hear me?
early 13c., from Old French falir (11c., Modern French faillir) "be lacking, miss, not succeed," from Vulgar Latin *fallire, from Latin fallere "to trip, cause to fall;" figuratively "to deceive, trick, dupe, cheat, elude; fail, be lacking or defective." Related: Failed; failing. Replaced Old English abreoðan.