Meaning of fall short in English:

fall short

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  • 1Fail to meet an expectation or standard.

    ‘the total vote fell short of the required two-thirds majority’
    • ‘other hybrids have also fallen short in the magazine's tests’
    • ‘A proposal to extend extra temporary benefits to jobless Americans fell short by one vote in the Senate Tuesday.’
    • ‘The vote on whether to vote fell short by 6 votes even though it won 54 to 46.’
    • ‘It was clear that in the key marginals the Labour vote was falling short of what the national polls were saying.’
    • ‘No matter how we try, we all fall short - well short of perfection.’
    • ‘Nader's vote fell short of the highly publicized goal of five percent, which would have given public funding to the Green Party for its 2004 presidential convention and campaign.’
    • ‘Senate Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed to halt a Democrat filibuster, and the Act's 16 sunset provisions are therefore bound to expire at the end of the year.’
    • ‘In the end, the majority of WIBC delegates voted yes, but Single Membership fell short of the two-thirds vote needed for adoption.’
    • ‘Despite a large majority, the vote fell short of the required two-thirds majority.’
    • ‘While not a total disappointment, it fell short of expectation.’
    • ‘Although a seasonal ban falls short of the total ban that we have been advocating it is a very big step in the right direction.’
    • ‘However, this total would still fall short of the construction costs and the football club are currently seeking a commercial partner to make up the shortfall.’
    • ‘However, the collective total may still fall short of the required 55% threshold.’
    • ‘The failure of the Board to execute works is attributable to deficient planning with the result physical achievements fell short by 57 per cent.’
    • ‘A prolific scholar and facile writer, he risks turning his otherwise fine book into a screed against all who fell short of total moral courage.’
    • ‘Although it falls short of the 2002 total of 156,120 units, this will be a welcome improvement on last year's figure of 145,200.’
    • ‘The expected move, while welcomed by some health advocates, falls short of a total ban planned for Scotland and advocated for the rest of Britain as well.’
    • ‘If he falls short of 50 percent of the vote, there will be a run-off three weeks later.’
    • ‘His prescription also falls short by not addressing how our current electoral rules waste votes and suppress potential participation.’
    • ‘Many women will do anything and everything to avoid falling short, being found to be inadequate or wrong or at fault: in fact being criticised in any way at all.’
    • ‘For all the potential this project had, it falls short and disappoints.’
    fail to meet, fail to reach, fail to live up to
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    1. 1.1(of a missile) fail to reach its target.
      ‘An Iraqi surface-to-surface missile that was being fired at our troops fell short of its target.’
      • ‘Some shells fell short of their targets and others broke into pieces in the air.’
      • ‘It fell short of the intended target and bounced harmlessly off the table in front of me.’
      • ‘On July 10, India launched its new, long-range Agni III missile from the Orissa Coast which fell short of its intended target 1800 miles away.’