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- To sputter or hiss.
- The soda fizzled for several minutes after it was poured.
- (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 quit.
- 2016 June 27, Daniel Taylor, “England humiliated as Iceland knock them out of Euro 2016”, in The Guardian, London:
- And so it fizzled to its close with Gary Cahill galloping around as an extra centre-forward, mutinous chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt,” from the England followers and Hodgson’s media staff announcing he would not take any questions.
- (military, of a nuclear weapon) To fail to generate the expected yield when exploded during testing.
- The shot fizzled, generating only 200 tons rather than the 30 kilotons they were aiming for.
to splutter or hiss
to decay or die off to nothing
fizzle (plural fizzles)
- A spluttering or hissing sound.
- (military) Failure of an exploding nuclear bomb to meet its expected yield during testing.
- An abortive effort; a flop or dud.
- A state of agitation or worry.
spluttering or hissing sound