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shortfall

noun [C]     /ˈʃɔːt.fɔːl/ US  /ˈʃɔːrt.fɑːl/
an amount that is less than the level that was expected or needed: The drought caused serious shortfalls in the food supply.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
(Definition of shortfall noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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