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Flunk denotes achieving below the required standard, often in academic settings. SlideAfter flunking chemistry, he had to repeat the course.
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Flunk is informal and might be inappropriate in formal educational writings or announcements. SlideThe professor would not say you flunked, but rather that you did not pass.
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'Flunk out' implies failing to the point of having to leave the course or school. SlideHis constant partying led him to flunk out of college.