To fizzle out
fizzle fiz"zle (f[i^]z"z'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {fizzled} (f[i^]z"z'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {fizzling} (f[i^]z"zl[i^]ng).] [See {Fizz}.] 1. To make a hissing sound. [1913 Webster]

It is the easiest thing, sir, to be done, As plain as fizzling. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. To make a ridiculous failure in an undertaking, especially after a good start; to achieve nothing. [Colloq. or Low] [1913 Webster +PJC]

A four-day rally in stocks fizzled yesterday amid renewed fears that strong economic growth may prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. --Sharon R. King (N. Y. Times, May 6, 1998). [PJC]

{To fizzle out}, to burn with a hissing noise and then go out, like wet gunpowder; hence: to fail completely and ridiculously; to prove a failure. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fizzle out — {v.}, {informal} 1. To stop burning; die out. * /The fuse fizzled out before exploding the firecracker./ 2. To fail after a good start; end in failure. * /The power mower worked fine for a while but then it fizzled out./ * /The party fizzled out… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fizzle out — {v.}, {informal} 1. To stop burning; die out. * /The fuse fizzled out before exploding the firecracker./ 2. To fail after a good start; end in failure. * /The power mower worked fine for a while but then it fizzled out./ * /The party fizzled out… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fizzle out — fail after a good start, end in failure The party began to fizzle out about midnight when many people went home …   Idioms and examples

  • fizzle out — verb end weakly The music just petered out there was no proper ending • Syn: ↑taper off, ↑peter out, ↑fizzle • Hypernyms: ↑discontinue • Verb Frames: Som …   Useful english dictionary

  • fizzle out — to end in a disappointing way. I dated him a for a while, but our so called romance fizzled out rather quickly …   New idioms dictionary

  • fizzle out — Synonyms and related words: be disappointing, be unproductive, blow up, break, break down, burn out, cave in, collapse, come apart, come short, come to naught, come to nothing, come unstuck, conk out, crumble, decline, die, die away, die out,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fizzle\ out — v informal 1. To stop burning; die out. The fuse fizzled out before exploding the firecracker. 2. To fail after a good start; end in failure. The power mower worked fine for a while but then it fizzled out. The party fizzled out when everyone… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fizzle out — die out, fade, disappear; lose strength and come to an end …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ˌfizzle ˈout — verb [I] to gradually fail, become less enthusiastic, or disappear The group s efforts at reform fizzled out after their leader left.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • fizzle out — verb To lose excitement, to become less exciting …   Wiktionary

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