Meaning of “short” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb uk us /ʃɔːt/
short of doing sth

without doing something:

He did everything he could to get the money, short of robbing a bank.
stop short of sth/doing sth

to almost do something but decide not to do it:

She stopped short of accusing him of lying.
fall short of sth

to not reach a particular level, but only by a small amount:

Sales for the first half of this year fell just short of the target.
cut sth short

to have to stop doing something before it is finished:

She had to cut her speech short when the fire alarm went off.

(Definition of “short adverb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)