fall short of (one's) goal

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fall short of (one's) goal

To fail to meet or reach a goal, especially by a narrow margin or degree. Ugh, I fell just short of my goal of getting straight A's this semester. Our team has fallen short of our quarterly sales goal for the third time in a row.
See also: fall, goal, of, short
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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.
See also: fall, goal, of, short
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A Ferguson corner found Neil McGowan and although his header fell short of goal it was pounced on in the crowded six-yard box by the ever-alert McGrillen who forced the ball over the line from only a couple of yards.
Since six jointly-sponsored/promoted workshops with Women in Communication, Inc., Public Relations Society of America, and the Dallas Press Club fell short of goal, attendance for solely IABC-sponsored events actually grew by 21.4 percent.
The contractor -- a joint venture of Chicago Iron & Steel and the French nuclear giant Areva -- repeatedly fell short of goals. Estimates for finishing the plant's construction alone ballooned to $17 billion last year.
Major Finding: Among targeted age groups in the United States, 72.4% of women had been screened for breast cancer, 83.0% of women had been screened for cervical cancer, and 58.6% of men and women had been screened for colorectal cancer--rates that fell short of goals set by the Healthy People 2020 initiative.