fall short

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fall short of (something)

To not meet or reach something, usually a goal, standard, or requirement. The phone falls quite short of the company's usual quality, feeling a bit cheap as a result. Unfortunately, your application fell short of the requirements for entry, so it has been denied. The company fell short of their quarterly targets for the third time in a row.
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fall short

to lack something; to lack enough of something, such as money, time, etc. We fell short of money at the end of the month. Tom fell short of cash and had to borrow from me.
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fall short (of)

1 (of a missile) fail to reach its target. 2 be deficient or inadequate; fail to reach a required goal.
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fall short

1. To fail to attain a specified amount, level, or degree: an athlete whose skill fell far short of expectations.
2. To prove inadequate: Food supplies fell short.
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Americans continue to fall short in taking steps to protect their credit.
Statements made in this press release, including: (i) the expectation that the Company's operating results for the third quarter of 2004 will fall short of the second quarter and that the third quarter of 2004 is expected to be significantly better than the third quarter of 2003; (ii) the refinancing of our debt will provide us with a stable capital structure; (iii) we may be able to pay dividends and repurchase of common stock; and (iv) the Company will complete the spin-off of its USPoly shares in the first quarter of 2005, or at all, are "forward looking" statements which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results to differ materially from those expected and stated in this announcement.
Edward Jones analyst Bob Kirby believes Amgen will fall short of the consensus estimate by 2 cents.
United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) visited the earnings confessional today, only to fall short of analysts' expectations by two pennies per share.
9:39 AM Micron Technology Earnings Improve, But Still Fall Short of Expectations
It would also break the nonheavyweight record of 760,000 established in the De La Hoya-Pernell Whitaker fight of 1997 but fall short of the estimated 2 million for Tyson-Holyfield II.
A result in that range would fall short of its year-ago performance and come in below what analysts were expecting.
He gets to see how the love of God forgives people when they fall short.
The company stated that is was not satisfied with the results, as the emergence of a major problem with a product component supplier late in the year caused Itron to fall short of its earnings expectations.
Some analysts had predicted Dell's sales would fall short of its performance over the last two years, and the stock fell sharply on Friday and again on Tuesday.
Officials expect to fall short of their goal of maintaining an undesignated general fund balance of 16% of the following year's budget, but reserves should remain sound.
Perhaps more important, this storage level is so low that at historical rates of injection the gas in storage is likely to fall short of 'comfortable' storage levels at the beginning of the 2003-04 heating season.
Revenues for January and February are below the budget estimate and the legislative analyst's office has projected that for the period through June 30, 2003, they will fall short by $3.
As the nation's biggest corporations release their second-quarter profit reports over the weeks to come, some will inevitably fall short and disappoint Wall Street.