to fail in a course or examination.
to fail to get a passing mark in: to flunk math.
to give a failing grade to; remove (a student) as unqualified from a school or course.
a failure, as in a course or examination.
flunk out, to fail and be unable to continue in: He flunked out of flight school.
- un·flunked, adjective
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How to use flunk in a sentence
An example of a law that would flunk the rational basis test is one that prohibits people born on Tuesdays from driving.Judges Now Recognize Anti-Gay Marriage Laws Are Irrational | Geoffrey R. Stone | April 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Did President Obama flunk Con Law at his news conference Monday?Obama’s Comments Remind Us How Meaningless ‘Judicial Activism’ Is | Jesse Singal | April 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
If Grutter is given more teeth, many affirmative-action programs around the country could flunk constitutional scrutiny.
The school is known in wealthy circles as “Dumb White Kids Getting High Together,” but Hilton actually managed to flunk out.
I passed everything with the utmost ease—I know the secret now, and am never going 134 to flunk again.Daddy Long-Legs | Jean Webster
Sometimes he felt that he would enjoy, yes, actually, hearing somebody 223 flunk in one of his classes.Princeton Stories | Jesse Lynch Williams
Most men do, I say, they usually work at it, study at it good enough so they don't flunk out.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
I wonder if I could do it; seems 's if I would now, but flesh is weak, and I might flunk, and that would settle it.Cap'n Eri | Joseph Crosby Lincoln
And if I flunk, I have to work in the garden all summer without a single fishing trip.Rosemary | Josephine Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for flunk
to fail or cause to fail to reach the required standard in (an examination, course, etc)
(intr foll by out) to be dismissed from a school or college through failure in examinations
a low grade below the pass standard
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