fizzled
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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  • fizzled — fiz·zle || fɪzl n. fizzling or sputtering which gradually fades into silence; failure, fiasco (Slang) v. make a hissing noise which gradually fades into silence; fail after starting well …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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

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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 when everyone… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fizzle — [[t]fɪ̱z(ə)l[/t]] fizzles, fizzling, fizzled VERB If something fizzles, it ends in a weak or disappointing way after starting off strongly. [V into/to n] Our relationship fizzled into nothing. [Also V] Syn: peter out PHRASAL VERB Fizzle out means …   English dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fizzling — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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