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 for To suffer a default
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Default \De*fault"\, n. [OE. defaute, OF. defaute, defalte,
     fem., F. d['e]faut, masc., LL. defalta, fr. a verb meaning,
     to be deficient, to want, fail, fr. L. de- + fallere to
     deceive. See Fault.]
     1. A failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be
        done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this
        evil has happened through the governor's default.
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     2. Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or
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              And pardon craved for his so rash default.
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              Regardless of our merit or default.   --Pope.
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     3. (Law) A neglect of, or failure to take, some step
        necessary to secure the benefit of law, as a failure to
        appear in court at a day assigned, especially of the
        defendant in a suit when called to make answer; also of
        jurors, witnesses, etc.
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     In default of, in case of failure or lack of.
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              Cooks could make artificial birds and fishes in
              default of the real ones.             --Arbuthnot.
     To suffer a default (Law), to permit an action to be called
        without appearing to answer.
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