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bring up short

Definition of bring up short

  1. :  to cause (someone) to stop suddenly <I was wandering through the exhibit when I was brought up short by a striking photograph.>



Word by Word Definitions

bringplay
  1. :  to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded

    :  to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: as

    :  attract

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

shortplay
  1. :  having little length

    :  not tall or high :  low

    :  not extended in time :  brief

  1. :  in a curt manner

    :  for or during a brief time

    :  at a disadvantage :  unawares

  1. :  the sum and substance :  upshot

    :  a short syllable

    :  a short sound or signal

  1. :  short-circuit

    :  shortchange, cheat

    :  to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices


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