fizzle

Definition of fizzle

fiz´zle   Pronunciation: fĭz´z'l
v. i.1.To make a hissing sound.
[imp. & p. p. fizzled (fĭz"z'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. fizzling (fĭz"zlĭng).]
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.
A four-day rally in stocks fizzled yesterday amid renewed fears that strong economic growth may prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.
- Sharon R. King (N. Y. Times, May 6, 1998).
To fizzle out
to burn with a hissing noise and then go out, like wet gunpowder;
to fail completely and ridiculously; to prove a failure.
n.1.A failure or abortive effort; a fiasco.

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