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fall short

Definition of fall short

  1. 1 :  to fail to be as good or successful as expected or hoped for <In comparison to her previous novel, this one falls short.> —often + of <Her current book falls short of her previous novel.> <The cruise fell short of our expectations.>

  2. 2 :  to fail to reach a goal <Their efforts fell short.> —often + of <Their efforts fell (far) short of (achieving) their goal.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to descend freely by the force of gravity

    :  to hang freely

    :  to drop oneself to a lower position

  1. :  the act of falling by the force of gravity

    :  a falling out, off, or away :  dropping

    :  the season when leaves fall from trees :  autumn

  1. :  of, relating to, or suitable for autumn

  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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