fall shy of (something)(redirected from fell shy)
fall shy of (something)
To fail to meet or reach some goal, standard, expectation, etc. The phone falls shy of the company's usual quality, feeling a bit cheap as a result. The athlete had an impressive performance on the field, but she fell just shy of first place. It's the third quarter in a row in which our sales have fallen shy of expectations. If things don't improve soon, I don't know how we'll be able to keep going.
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