fall short

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fall short of (something)

To not meet or reach something, usually a goal, standard, or requirement. The phone falls quite short of the company's usual quality, feeling a bit cheap as a result. Unfortunately, your application fell short of the requirements for entry, so it has been denied. The company fell short of their quarterly targets for the third time in a row.
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fall short

to lack something; to lack enough of something, such as money, time, etc. We fell short of money at the end of the month. Tom fell short of cash and had to borrow from me.
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fall short (of)

1 (of a missile) fail to reach its target. 2 be deficient or inadequate; fail to reach a required goal.
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fall short

1. To fail to attain a specified amount, level, or degree: an athlete whose skill fell far short of expectations.
2. To prove inadequate: Food supplies fell short.
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Edward Jones analyst Bob Kirby believes Amgen will fall short of the consensus estimate by 2 cents.
Indeed, the only area in which Saturday's bout seems to fall short in comparison to Leonard's era is on the streets.
Some analysts had predicted Dell's sales would fall short of its performance over the last two years, and the stock fell sharply on Friday and again on Tuesday.
Officials expect to fall short of their goal of maintaining an undesignated general fund balance of 16% of the following year's budget, but reserves should remain sound.
Perhaps more important, this storage level is so low that at historical rates of injection the gas in storage is likely to fall short of 'comfortable' storage levels at the beginning of the 2003-04 heating season.
Revenues for January and February are below the budget estimate and the legislative analyst's office has projected that for the period through June 30, 2003, they will fall short by $3.
As the nation's biggest corporations release their second-quarter profit reports over the weeks to come, some will inevitably fall short and disappoint Wall Street.
The Fidelity 401(k) Success Indicator(SM), which projects how typical participants in three life stages could fare in meeting retirement savings needs, showed that Mid-Life and Pre-Retiree segments are likely to fall short.
However, even these increases fall short of covering the recent increases in raw material and energy costs experienced over the past 18 months.
This would fall short of their invested principal by $69.
The Company announced that earnings for its third fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2000 and its fourth fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2000 are expected to fall short of consensus expectations.
NASDAQ:SLGN) announced today that based on April and May results it expects second quarter 2000 earnings per diluted share, before equity share of losses related to its investment in Packtion, an e-commerce packaging venture, to fall short of analysts' estimates by $0.