stop short


: to stop or be stopped just before doing or reaching something
I had to slam on the brakes when the car in front of me stopped short.
He was about to say something, then stopped short.
often + of
The boss said that she was unhappy with some employees, but she stopped short of naming which ones.
The running back was stopped short of the goal line.

Examples of stop short in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Usually when streaming services detect fake listeners, the companies block future payments but stop short of pursuing legal action. Morgan Meaker, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2024 Biden will say the deal deserves scrutiny but will stop short of saying it should be blocked. Alan Murray, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2024 Each interaction was just vexing enough to prompt a response—but seemed to stop short of being aggressive or mean-spirited. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 Livingstone said that model should provide compensation for athletes but stop short of designating them employees. Steve Leblanc, Fortune, 25 Dec. 2023 But our imaginations tend to stop short, in part because the vast majority of us have never seen actual carnage. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2023 What This Means For You The USPSTF’s draft recommendations for treating children with obesity stop short of suggesting weight loss medications or surgery. Korin Miller, Verywell Health, 20 Dec. 2023 To cut corners, some installers will stop short, leaving a small gap of unprotected paint (and an unsightly line). Michael Harley, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Science & Medicine Controversial law punishing doctors who spread COVID misinformation on track to be undone Sept. 11, 2023 Why did the CDC stop short of recommending the RSV vaccine for all older adults? Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023

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“Stop short.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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