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Failure that is secretly cloaked by the outward appearance of success. When one masks their shortcomings by distracting others with a random achievement.
chick: That guy seems really cool!
friend: No way. He's just covering his shitty personality by taking on the appearance of an edgy geek.

chick: I see... another case of phantom fail.
by thechickencow February 28, 2011
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