fizzle

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Etymology[edit]

Attested in English since 1525-35. From earlier fysel (to fart). Related to fīsa (to fart). Compare with fisa (to fart (silently)). See also feist.

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fizzle (third-person singular simple present fizzles, present participle fizzling, simple past and past participle fizzled)

  1. To sputter or hiss.
    The soda fizzled for several minutes after it was poured.
    • Ben Jonson
      It is the easest thing, sir, to be done, / As plain as fizzling.
  2. (figuratively) To decay or die off to nothing; to burn out; to end less successfully than previously hoped.
    The entire project fizzled after the founder retired.

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fizzle (plural fizzles)

  1. A spluttering or hissing sound.
  2. Failure of a nuclear bomb to meet its expected yield during testing.

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