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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
fizzle \fiz"zle\ (f[i^]z"z'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. fizzled
(f[i^]z"z'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. fizzling (f[i^]z"zl[i^]ng).]
1. To make a hissing sound.
It is the easiest thing, sir, to be done,
As plain as fizzling. --B. Jonson.
2. To make a ridiculous failure in an undertaking, especially
after a good start; to achieve nothing. [Colloq. or Low]
[1913 Webster +PJC]
A four-day rally in stocks fizzled yesterday amid
renewed fears that strong economic growth may prompt
the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.
King (N. Y.
Times, May 6,
To fizzle out, to burn with a hissing noise and then go
out, like wet gunpowder; hence: to fail completely and
ridiculously; to prove a failure. [Colloq.]
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