Definition of come short in English:

come short


  • 1Fail to reach a goal or standard.

    ‘we're so close to getting the job done, but we keep coming up short’
    • ‘Each possesses speed and power, and each came up short with his original organization.’
    • ‘Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.’
    • ‘Sin is falling short of the standard set by God: ‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God’.’
    • ‘But while the FSP may be the ultimate solution to Nalukena's poverty stricken life, the programme had come short of reaching out to many other equally impoverished families because of budgetary constraints.’
    • ‘Coach Andy Reid has taken them to the past three NFC title games but has come up short each time.’
    • ‘I didn't feel Turkey were better than Japan but we just came up a bit short.’
    • ‘He just did his best to put together the kind of game plans that win, but he has come up short the past two years.’
    • ‘So, to be honest, it really doesn't matter to me that they came up short this time.’
    • ‘Failing to do so, a church ‘will both fail to develop its people and come short of a world opportunity.’’
    • ‘The US business is still poor and is likely to have come short of the targets but they've continued to win new customers in the UK and have two new power plants on stream.’
    1. 1.1South African Get into trouble.
      ‘if you try to trick him you'll come short’
      • ‘You work your own hours and have lots of time to practice ice-hockey but you have to be very disciplined or you'll come short.’