- 1 if you run short of or go short of something, you do not have enough of it They had run short of (= used most of their supply of) fuel.
- 2 not as far as you need or expect Sometimes you throw the ball short.
- 3before the time expected or arranged; before the natural time a career tragically cut short by illness I'm afraid I'm going to have to stop you short there, as time is running out. Idioms
to be put at a disadvantage
be caught shortjump to other results
to fail to reach the standard that you expected or need The hotel fell far short of their expectations.
fall short of somethingjump to other results
to make someone suddenly stop what they are doing I was brought up short by a terrible thought.
pull, bring, etc. somebody up shortjump to other results
to not value someone/yourself highly enough and show this by the way you treat or present them/yourself
sell somebody/yourself shortjump to other results
without something; without doing something; unless something happens Short of a miracle, we're certain to lose. Short of asking her to leave (= and we don't want to do that) there's not a lot we can do about the situation.
short of (doing) somethingjump to other results
to be unwilling to do something because it may involve a risk, but to nearly do it She stopped short of calling the president a liar. The protest stopped short of a violent confrontation.
stop short of something/of doing somethingjump to other results