short of something/of doing something
short of something
not having enough of something. I wanted to bake a cake, but I was short of eggs. Usually at the end of the month, I'm short of money.
1. Having an inadequate supply of, as in We're short of cash right now. [Late 1600s] Also see fall short of.
2. Less than, inferior to, as in Nothing short of her best effort was needed to make the team. [Mid-1500s]
3. Other than, without resorting to, as in Short of yelling, I had no other way of getting his attention.
4. See stop short, def. 3.
short of something/of doing somethingwithout something or without doing something; unless something happens: Short of a miracle, we’re certain to lose. ♢ Short of asking her to leave (= and we don’t want to do that), there’s not a lot we can do about the situation.
1. Having an inadequate supply of: We're short of cash.
2. Less than: Nothing short of her best effort was required to make the team.
3. Other than; without resorting to: Short of yelling at him, I had no other way to catch his attention.
4. Not quite willing to undertake or do; just this side of: She stopped short of throwing out the old photo.