fail (n.) Old form(s): faile
failure [to comply with], lack
H8 I.ii.145[King Henry to Wolsey, of Buckingham] How grounded he his title to the crown / Upon our fail? [i.e. on dying childless]
H8 II.iv.198[King Henry to all] I weighed the danger which my realms stood in / By this my issue's fail
TNK I.ii.105.1[Arcite to Valerius] Is't said this war's afoot, or it shall be / On fail of some condition?
WT II.iii.169[Leontes to Antigonus, of his command] the fail / Of any point in't shall not only be / Death to thyself, but to thy lewd-tongued wife
WT V.i.27[Dion to Paulina, of Leontes] You ... consider little / What dangers by his highness' fail of issue / May drop upon his kingdom
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