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Meaning of fizzle

fiz•zle

Pronunciation: (fiz'ul), [key]
— v., n. -zled, -zling,
—v.i.
  1. to make a hissing or sputtering sound, esp. one that dies out weakly.
  2. to fail ignominiously after a good start (often fol. by out): The reform movement fizzled out because of poor leadership.
—n.
  1. a fizzling, hissing, or sputtering.
  2. a failure; fiasco.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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