Stop short of doing - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
stop short of doing
stop short of (doing something)
To almost or partially do something but stop before going through with or completing it. She told him how much she cared for him, but stopped short of saying "I love you." The president stopped short of declaring war, though, deciding to wait and see what the foreign leader would do next.
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.
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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
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