short for (something)

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short for (something)

Being an abbreviation or shortened form of some longer name, word, or phrase. "BAFTA" is short for British Academy of Film and Television Arts. I go by "Rick"—short for "Ricardo," not "Richard."
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short for something

[of a form] being a shortened form of a word or phrase. Photo is short for photograph. Dave is short for David.
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short for

An abbreviation of: Ed is short for Edward.
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