Definition of “fall short” - English Dictionary

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“fall short” in English

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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.

(Definition of “fall short” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“fall short” in American English

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fall short

to not reach a desired amount or standard:

They needed 60 votes to pass the bill, but they fell short by 12 votes.

(Definition of “fall short” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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