short with (one)

short with (one)

Curt or abrupt when speaking or reacting to one. I'm sorry for getting short with you earlier. I've had a lot on my mind lately, and I didn't sleep well last night. Please don't be short with the children like that. They're just asking you questions.
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*short with someone

abrupt and a little bit rude in speaking to a person. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; get ~.) Please don't be short with me. I am doing the best that I can.
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