He predicted that without more mobilization and pressure from outside, reform could “fizzle.”
If U.S.-Pakistan cooperation were in fact to fizzle, clearly such operations would be compromised.
But the thing about phenoms is they can come in hot and then fizzle into a lower voltage of play.
Could Occupy Wall Street yet prove a harbinger rather than a fizzle?
Protests have come and gone, and plans for large-scale demonstrations often fizzle.
The first is that mysterious nullifying force by which such movements usually do fizzle out.
It was a lot easier just to let her explode and then fizzle out.
For there were only occasions on which Dr. Slavens admitted himself to be a fizzle in the big fireworks of the world.
And I must say, as a raid in force, it was more or less of a fizzle.
Well, perhaps I may, though my most promising clue has turned out a bit of a fizzle.
1530s, "to break wind without noise," probably altered from obsolete fist, from Middle English fisten "break wind" (see feisty) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Fizzled; fizzling.
Noun sense of "failure, fiasco" is from 1846, originally U.S. college slang for "failure in an exam." Barnhart says it is "not considered as derived from the verb." The verb in this sense is from 1847.