fall short of something
fall short of (something)
To fail to 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 ˈshort of somethingfail to reach the standard that you expected or need: Your performance at work has fallen short of what is required in this company.
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