Definition of stop short of in US English:

stop short of


  • Not go as far as (some extreme action)

    ‘the measures stopped short of establishing direct trade links’
    • ‘The company's art directors have always stopped short of what they see as blatant titillation.’
    • ‘Were you surprised at the charges that the attorney general leveled against him - stopping short of treason, stopping short of something that could have justified the death penalty?’
    • ‘Though stopping short of overtly red-baiting him, the newspaper continued to refer to his earlier associations with leftist organizations.’
    • ‘It stops short of allowing the donor's identity to be revealed but means children can, once they are 18, apply for information about the physical description, occupation and interests.’
    • ‘He stopped short of actually defending high fuel taxes on environmental grounds, but the link has been made.’
    • ‘But so far the information commissioner has stopped short of calling for amendments to the Data Protection Act.’
    • ‘He knew all the heroin injecting crowd in this part of Milan but stopped short of that.’
    • ‘But the Christie measures stop short of clamping cars whose drivers exceed parking time they have paid for, or who fail to pay.’
    • ‘I'm hoping for the US to stop short of that, but it's going to be pretty difficult.’
    • ‘Next month, he is due to publish a long-awaited Public Health White Paper, which is expected to include measures to limit smoking in public places but to stop short of a total ban.’
    baulk at, fight shy of, shy away from, recoil from, shrink from, draw back from, stop short of
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