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 Jeofail, i.e. J’ai failli (Lapsus sum; I have failed),Jereed. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Jeop’ardy (3 syl.).
 
Hazard, danger. Tyrwhitt says it is the French jeu parti, and Froissart uses the phrase, “Si nous les voyons à jeu parti” (vol. i. c. 234). Jeu parti is a game where the chances are exactly balanced, hence a critical state.   1
 


 Jeofail, i.e. J’ai failli (Lapsus sum; I have failed),Jereed. 

 
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