- Archaic spelling of fail.
1566, William Adlington, The Golden Asse:
- And lest by her long talke she should be found to trip or faile in her words, she filled their laps with gold, silver, and Jewels, and commanded Zephyrus to carry them away.
1577, Raphael Holinshed, Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (7 of 8):
- If they should giue battell, it was to be doubted least through treason among themselues, the armie should be betraied into the enimies hands, the which would not faile to execute all kind of crueltie in the slaughter of the whole nation.
1664-1665, Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1665 N.S. Complete:
- But none can be got, which pleases him the thoughts of, for, if the Exchequer should succeede in this, his office would faile.