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It would mean a return to "flunking" students who hadn't mastered the knowledge, but there are worse things in life than flunking a class.
Do You Remember High School? Anne Johnson 2009
You guys might think it would be fantasy, but "flunking" was quite common in the "olden days."
Terry at school... Terry Nelson 2007
As for the stocks, they're kind of flunking out as far as the bulls are concerned today.
To illustrate, he prepared the "Loewen Low Aptitude Test," which is "designed to show my urbane white students some of the forms of test bias and to give them the experience of 'flunking' an aptitude test."
For instance, suppose you were "down on your luck," simply wretched for fear of "flunking" to-morrow in Latin.
In the days of my youth when I was a student in the University of Virginia, 1888-1893. James Powell Cocke 1947
It was because of the "flunking" of one of "Bap. 's" roosters that Lincoln was enabled to make a point when criticising McClellan's unreadiness and lack of energy.
There were anecdotes of the professors, accounts of narrow escapes from "flunking" in the recitation-room, and remarks by no means complimentary to some of the text-books in use in college.
Walter Sherwood's Probation Horatio Alger 1865
The FA have been accused of being too lenient on Sir Alex Ferguson and "flunking" the Alan Wiley case despite making him the first Premier League manager to be banned from the touchline for post-match comments about a referee.
ManUtd.com News RSS 2009
But unlike the freshly matriculated Larry himself, "Larry Crowne" gets a flunking grade in every discipline.
'Crowne': A Bad Fit for Hollywood Royalty John Anderson 2011
He might want to open up about having difficulty reading books that are ranked on a higher than 7th grade level, and flunking algebra.