failing collocations and examples

 UK /ˈfeɪlɪŋ/

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a fault or a weak point


Adjectives frequently used with failing
serious: major, serious, significantThe report highlights serious failings in the system.of a person or people: human, moral, personalThey are human beings and they have human failings and prejudices.of a system: administrative, procedural, systemicShe identified administrative failings on the part of the company.
Verbs frequently used with failing
have a failing: haveIf the movie has any failings, it’s that the plot may be a bit confusing for children.show a failing: expose, highlight, identifyThe girl’s murder exposed serious failings by the child protection services.
Other nouns/adjectives/verbs frequently used with failing
fault, shortcomings, weaknessThey will be responsible for tackling failings and shortcomings in their services.
 
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