come short of

come short of (something)

To almost get, achieve, or accomplish something. She came short of the gold medal because her leg cramped in the last few meters. We came just short of our goal to raise $10,000 in donations.
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come short of something

Fig. to do something almost; to fail to achieve something completely. The workers came short of finishing the job on time. We came short of our goal for the year.
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