fall short of goal
fall short of (one's) goal
To not meet or reach a goal. Ugh, I fell just short of my goal of getting straight A's this semester. Our team has fallen short of our quarterly targets for the third time in a row.
fall short of one's goal(s)and fall short of the goal(s); fall short of the record
to fail to achieve a goal. We fell short of our goal of collecting a thousand dollars. Ann ran a fast race, but fell short of the record.