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As an abbreviated form of something. Please don't call William "Bill" for short—he doesn't like it.
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as an abbreviation. The Internal Revenue Service is known as the IRS for short. David goes by Dave for short.
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Also, short for. As an abbreviation. For example, Richard prefers to be called Dick for short, or The Fed is short for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. [Mid-1800s]
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for ˈshortas a shorter way of saying something: Her name’s Joanna, but her friends call her ‘Jo’ for short.
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As an abbreviation: He's called Ed for short.
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