(verb, intransitive) to derive gain in spite of failure that would usually either preclude said gain or have adverse consequences.
Even though Fred was the salesman who lost the big advertising account, he is failing up to a seat on the Board of Directors.
by Nestor W. March 5, 2008
This timeless quote by Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett is inspiring and simply means to learn from ones missteps, learn our lessons and get going again. 'The most important thing is to strive to move forward continually. Some days we make great progress in some areas; other days we seem to slide a bit. If we were to chart our progress on a board, it has ups and downs, but overall it should move upward as we live and learn from our mistakes and failures. This is the heart of Failing Up.' Source: The Single Greatest Secret of Leadership: 'Fail Up', from an article in Forbes Magazine

"Ever tried. Ever failed.
No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." ~ Samuel Beckett

New mantra: Fail fast
Every day that we wake up, we get another chance to get it right, to bounce back from failures big and small - to fail up.
by Dumdum November 22, 2013
1. Doing really poorly at something, severely failing.
I was failing it up in that hard math class.
by 5'11"Racer October 6, 2006
to go into a push up strong, lose willpower, then cheek plant the floor.
Ana: How's the diet going?

Hazel: Well, it's great, I lost a few pounds... but I decided to add some exercise and ended up doing a semi fail push up.

ALSO PLURAL:

Star: I went to the gym today, and started to do push ups.. it didn't really work out.

Hazel: I call those Semi fail push ups.
by FacePlant123 July 23, 2012
When someone comments on youtube beginning with "Thumbs up if..." in an attempt to get a high rated comment, but ultimately receives no thumbs up.
"Thumbs up if Family Guy brought you here!" thumbs: 0 up, 0 down ---- thumbs up fail
by Mack Jehoff September 21, 2011
A hang up fail is what occurs in the least opportune moments where you press the hang up button on a call but because of a laggy phone or dirty fingers the call doesn't hang up often resulting in the person on the other end of the line listening to you for a while after you hang up.
You:"okay I gotta do some stuff talk to you later" *presses hang up, sits on toilet... farts loudly*
Person STILL on the line: "I can hear you"

Hang up fail!

Or

You:"okay, talk to you later" *presses hang up button* Jesus, what an unimaginable BITCH!
Person STILL on the phone: "what the F**K?!"

Hang up fail!
by Twitchingdeadgirl August 14, 2014