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