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. 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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