come short of (something)

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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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I am con- fident that it is essentially true in all its statements; that nothing has been set down in malice, nothing exaggerated, nothing drawn from the imagination; that it comes short of the reality, rather than over- states a single fact in regard to SLAVERY AS IT IS.
When our mate comes short of this, we get very upset and fantasise about what we might change.
Foreign Minister EcavuE-oy-lu stressed that relations between Turkey and Mongolia are progressing in all fields, but bilateral trade volume comes short of expectations; mining, agriculture and energy shine as potential cooperation areas, and the beginning of Turkish Airlines' [THY] direct flights to Ulan Bator have great importance regarding further development of relations," the Foreign Ministry said in the statement revealing the details of the visit.
First, Barber comes short of, in Manley's terms, "combining the existing works," relying as he does on easily accessible and often questionable sources.
Current guidance comes short of our estimate, however we believe management is acting conservative and 4Q will be favorable for diamond market given new stimulus in EU and the US.
This announcement comes short of two weeks after ADAC has announced the closure of this passage, and commenting on this expedited work Eng.
Although Nord-lund is careful to avoid the impression of oversimplifying problematic, perhaps insoluble, issues of causality, he nevertheless appears to accept as his premise a biological formulation about the etiology of love that comes short of certainty and about which scientists themselves disagree.
According to the officials, more than 40,000 tons of tea is produced in Iran annually but it comes short of the 110,000 tons annual consumption of tea in Iran.
After mass killings of innocent civilians become evident, the UN tries to impose arm embargo against the regime, however, the world body comes short of enforcing mechanism on its own declared embargo.
While there is evidence that some of Jesus' special qualities were known before his public ministry it comes short of proof that Jesus did not work as a carpenter.
The argument of Dolven's book tilts towards the former, even if it does not ask that question, and it comes short of making such a claim.