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fall short of something
to be less than what you need, expected, or hoped for, or to fail to reach a satisfactory standard
The Republicans increased their share of the vote, but still fell short of a majority.
Shares in the company dropped 26p yesterday, as profits
fell short of
fall short of a goal/target/ideal
The economy fell short of the Treasury's target of 2% growth.
fall far/a long way/well short of something
Facilities in these schools fall far short of the standards required.
One or two songs on the album are interesting, but most
fall short of the mark
are not good enough
be running short (of/on something)
if you are running short of something, or if something is running short, it is being used up and there will soon not be enough left
We're running short of coffee again.
Our supplies of petrol were running short.
time's running short
stop short of doing something
to almost do something but then decide not to do it
They accused the President of incompetence, but stopped short of calling for his resignation.
to suddenly stop speaking or stop what you are doing, because something has surprised you or you have just thought of something
Seeing her tears, he stopped short.
be cut short
if something is cut short, it is stopped before you expect or before it is finished
His career was tragically cut short when, at the age of 42, he died of a heart attack.
cut somebody short
to interrupt and stop someone when they are speaking
I was halfway through my explanation when Walter cut me short.
pull/bring somebody up short
to surprise or shock someone so that they stop what they are doing or saying to think for a moment
The question brought her up short, but after a moment's hesitation, she answered it.
3 metres/5 miles etc short of something
without reaching a place you are trying to get to, because you are still a particular distance from it
The plane touched down 200 metres short of the runway.
two weeks/a month etc short of something
two weeks, a month etc before something
He died two days short of his fifty-sixth birthday.
short of (doing) something
without actually doing something
Short of locking her in her room, he couldn't really stop her from seeing Jack.
come up short
to fail to win or achieve something
We've been to the state tournament four times, but we've come up short every time.
go short (of something)
to have less of something than you need
She made sure that her children never went short.
be taken short/be caught short
to have a sudden strong need to go to the toilet when you are not near one
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