Definition of fall short (of) in English:

fall short (of)


  • 1(of a missile) fail to reach its target.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Be deficient or inadequate.
      ‘the total vote fell short of the required two-thirds majority’
      • ‘In the end, the majority of WIBC delegates voted yes, but Single Membership fell short of the two-thirds vote needed for adoption.’
      • ‘For all the potential this project had, it falls short and disappoints.’
      • ‘The vote on whether to vote fell short by 6 votes even though it won 54 to 46.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While not a total disappointment, it fell short of expectation.’
      • ‘His prescription also falls short by not addressing how our current electoral rules waste votes and suppress potential participation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A proposal to extend extra temporary benefits to jobless Americans fell short by one vote in the Senate Tuesday.’
      • ‘No matter how we try, we all fall short - well short of perfection.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The failure of the Board to execute works is attributable to deficient planning with the result physical achievements fell short by 57 per cent.’
      • ‘It was clear that in the key marginals the Labour vote was falling short of what the national polls were saying.’
      • ‘Despite a large majority, the vote fell short of the required two-thirds majority.’
      • ‘However, the collective total may still fall short of the required 55% threshold.’
      • ‘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.’
      fail to meet, fail to reach, fail to live up to
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