epic fail

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epic fail (plural epic fails)

  1. (Internet slang) Utter, total failure, especially where success should have been reasonably expected.
    • 2013, Wendy M. Anderson, Geraldine Woods, Lesley J. Ward, English Grammar Essentials For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN), page 30:
      The second sentence is saying ‘Gina greedily anticipates even more than the monthly doubling of her bank balance’ — more than is modifying expects. Not the same meaning at all. Sorry computer, epic fail!
    • 2014, Lauren Morrill, Being Sloane Jacobs, Delacorte Press (→ISBN), page 95:
      “What, you thought you could flee to Canada and hide from your epic fail? []
    • 2014, Leah Raeder, Unteachable, Simon and Schuster (→ISBN), page 29:
      So yeah, epic fail on my part when I didn't recognize one of Kubrick's most iconic works, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • 2014, Sheila Agnew, Central Park Showdown, The O'Brien Press (→ISBN)
      I was happy with my new, more sophisticated haircut but the rest of my efforts were pretty much epic fail.
    • 2016, Kristen Reidel, “Bodies Of Water”, in 12 Monkeys, season 2, episode 5, spoken by Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire):
      I'm tied to a chair. Epic fail.

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