stop short of doing

stop short of doing something

not to go as far as doing something. Fortunately Bob stopped short of hitting Tom. The boss criticized Jane's work but stopped short of firing her. Jack was furious but stopped short of hitting Tom.
See also: of, short, stop
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Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Tuesday proposed requiring utilities to implement detailed measures to protect their nuclear power plants from tsunami in a revision of current guidelines that stop short of doing so.
But Ankara is likely to stop short of doing anything to alienate Washington, said Fadi Hakura, a Turkey expert at Chatham House.
I can see why people in town tire of being told what to do by people who stop short of doing it themselves.