to fall short

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - fall short

"to fall short"

to fail to achieve a particular amount or standard;

to be inadequate


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - fall short

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: How is the new sales campaign going?

Colleague 2: The campaign is productive but not as good as we'd like.  The goal for the first month was to sell one hundred thousand units and we sold ninety-five thousand.

Colleague 1: So sales fell short by five thousand units.  That's only five thousand short. That's pretty good.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - fall short

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard you had a new boyfriend.

Friend 2:  Ya, he's great. He cooks and cleans up after himself.  He even does the laundry.

Friend 1:  Sounds perfect.

Friend 2:  Not quite. He falls a little short in the communication department.

Friend 1:  What do you mean?

Friend 2:  He doesn't talk much and it's sometimes hard to know what he's thinking. It would be much better if he shared his feelings more.

to fall short - Usage:


to fall short - Gerund Form:

Falling short of your target can be interpreted as failure.

to fall short - Examples:

1)  Although I may fall short, I'll keep training myself to be able to give you strength.

2)  Democrats seem certain to fall short of adding the 25 seats they need to take over the House.

3)  If we fall short of our fund raising goal, your credit card will not be charged.

4)  To fall short of reasonable but challenging goals need not be a disgrace if one has honestly tried.

5)  It does so much for us, but falls short in other areas. 

6)  It is a worthy goal which I support. However, this bill falls short of that goal. The negative aspects of this bill outweigh the benefits.

7)  While this evidence is provocative, it falls short of providing an adequate basis for a quantitative risk assessment.

8)  So while I think this last installment falls short of its earliest predecessors, it's still quite outstanding.

9)  When falling short to Kurt Busch in 2004, he finished second.

10)  In fact, it is imbecilic not to do so, because falling short of full employment implies an output gap that represents foregone opportunity.

11)  He is the largest private landowner on the planet, falling short of only the royal families of Europe.

12)  ... constantly bombarded with messages that no matter how they look, they are always falling short of some unrealistic physical ideal.

13)  The monorail generates enough revenue to cover operation and maintenance but has fallen short of being able to pay off debt or spend for capital improvements.

14)  Notably, President Obama apologized to Europe because the United States has fallen short of meeting its responsibilities to reduce carbon emissions by taxation.

15)  The point is clear -- we have all sinned. We have all fallen short of God's standard of moral perfection in thought, word and deed.

16)  It looks like from the results that we have fallen short from where I hoped we would be.

17)  In addition, taxes fell short of expectations, particularly in April, the most important month for income taxes.

18)  ... when Deasy's request for a first-phase infusion of $17.4 million in school bond money fell short by one vote.

19)  One attempt after another fell short. Finally, one of the young men hit pay dirt.

20)  Curwensville was able to overcome the early problems, but fell short of moving to the semifinals by falling 36-29 to the Rovers.