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English definition of “fall short”

fall short

C1 to fail to reach an amount or standard that was expected or hoped for, causing disappointment : August car sales fell short of the industry's expectations .Failing and doing badlyScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things Grammar:Fell or felt?Fell is the past simple of the verb fall:
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