half-pint horror (raqs_loki) wrote in linguaphiles,
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help remembering an old slang term, please!

This is driving me crazy...it's slang from the 1930s or 1940s, meaning "to fail" or "to screw up". I know it and I can't think of it D:

EDIT: I still can't remember what specifically the word was, but all your suggestions have been helpful. I might just have to do a little homework and figure out which movie I think I heard it in. Thanks!
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