fall short


fall short
verb
fail to meet (expectations or standards) (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑come short
Hypernyms: ↑disappoint, ↑let down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

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phrasal
1. : to become or be deficient

the expedition's supplies began to fall short

2. : to fail to attain, reach, arrive at, or perform something

the shot fell short

our efforts have fallen short

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fall short
1. To turn out to be short or insufficient
2. To become used up
3. To fail to attain or reach what is aimed at (with of)
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Main Entry:fall
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fall short see under ↑fall1
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Main Entry:short

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fall short phrase
to not reach a particular level or to fail to achieve something that you were trying to do
fall short of:

The party is likely to fall short of a parliamentary majority.

Thesaurus: to make a mistake, or to do something badlysynonym to not make progresssynonym
Main entry: fall

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fall short (of)
(of a missile) fail to reach its target
figurative be deficient or inadequate; fail to reach a required goal

the total vote fell short of the required two-thirds majority

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fall short
1 : to fail to be as good or successful as expected or hoped for

In comparison to her previous novel, this one falls short. [=this one is not as good]

— often + of

Her current book falls short of her previous novel.

The cruise fell short of our expectations. [=the cruise was not as good as we expected it to be]

2 : to fail to reach a goal

Their efforts fell short.

— often + of

Their efforts fell (far) short of (achieving) their goal.

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Main Entry:fall
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fall short — see fall, 1
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Main Entry:short

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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