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English definition of “short”

short

adverb     /ʃɔːt/
STOCK MARKET if you sell shares short, you sell shares that you have borrowed , hoping that their price will fall before you buy them back and return them to their owner , making a profit : The group's conservative growth portfolio isn't allowed to sell stocks short. A popular hedge fund move is to go short.go short on sth Speculators are going short on the Hong Kong dollar .
run short if you run short of something, you have too little of it left : The bank has been plagued for months by speculation that it is running short of capital . if something runs short, there is little of it left : Time is for a deal to get done. In two months food will run short.
(Definition of short adverb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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