come up short of

idiom

: to fail to achieve
We came up short of our goal.

Examples of come up short of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet one of the virtues of October days may be their ability to come up short of normal standards and nevertheless to seem more than merely adequate as arenas for enjoyment. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2020 The Chiefs offense with Mahomes can be a mystery because a defense can do everything right and still come up short of actually solving it. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2020 American Civil Liberties Union attorney David Rocah said the report’s statistics come up short of justifying the program. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 11 Sep. 2020 And Paxton, who’s had trouble with fundraising amid the twin investigations, may come up short of Bush with the first state fundraising deadline just a few weeks away. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 31 May 2021 That decision for the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing will come after a fourth straight season that saw the Saints (13-5) win 11 or more games and go to the playoffs, only to come up short of the Super Bowl. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2021 And the two Senate races are projected to come up short of that threshold. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2020 Despite running some expensive campaigns, the streamer has repeatedly come up short of taking the Best Picture Oscar since 2019 with contenders like Roma, The Irishman, and last year's All Quiet on the Western Front all failing to cross the finish line. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 31 Mar. 2023 Or will we always be bound by the most base desires of human nature, destined to come up short of our ideals for the rest of time? Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 21 Mar. 2023 See More

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“Come up short of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/come%20up%20short%20of. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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