Definition of failing preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

failing

 preposition
preposition
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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used to introduce a suggestion that could be considered if the one just mentioned is not possible Ask a friend to recommend a doctor or, failing that, ask for a list in your local library.
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