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.
It would also break the nonheavyweight record of 760,000 established in the De La Hoya-Pernell Whitaker fight of 1997 but fall short of the estimated 2 million for Tyson-Holyfield II.
He gets to see how the love of God forgives people when they fall short.
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.
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.
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