fizzle fizzle  /ˈfɪ zəl/


  1. (n) a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)
  2. (n) a complete failure
  3. (v) end weakly


  1. Noah Baumbach thinks he's funny, though his intermittent gags fizzle painfully.
  2. The French sent armored columns to smash the fellagha, and the revolt seemed to fizzle out.
  3. But in the 1990s a similar optimism hit here too, only to fizzle as gas prices plummeted and gas-guzzling SUVs took over the auto market with a vengeance.


  1. U.S. Open report

    Furyk suffers major fizzle in home state ARDMORE, Pa. — Jim Furyk looked forward to playing in the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, near his former hometown of Lancaster, but finished up an abbreviated trip Friday with the worst 36-hole score he’s ever carded in an Open.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  2. Loggers’ rally comes up short

    The La Crosse Loggers’ bid for a perfect homestand ended with a fizzle Thursday night.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: La Crosse Tribune

  3. Editorial: Bloomberg wrong and right on big sodas

    As Mayor Michael Bloomberg fights in appellate court to impose a ban on large sugary soft drinks in the city, we're hoping his high-profile public-health initiative continues to sputter and fizzle.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: amNewYork


  1. "I think it was vintage Maddux and I'll leave it at that," said Houston manager Phil Garner. "I mean the Maddux from a few years back. We put ourselves in a position to have a nice streak here but we let it fizzle. It was a well played game...
    on Aug 19, 2007 By: Phil Garner Source: Sports Network

  2. "My wife kept telling me I should try the genre. I had never done horror before. It's believed in the trade that horror films open well and then soon fizzle out. But then it was also believed that a film looking at the seamier side of cricket...
    on Jan 28, 2009 By: Emraan Hashmi Source: Hindu

  3. "I think it's a lot of hype early," Palmer said. "Just like every year, there's hype around one or two teams early. It'll fizzle out once they start playing games."
    on Apr 16, 2008 By: Carson Palmer Source: Springfield News Sun

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