fall short | come up short

Meaning(s)

1. fail to reach or achieve something

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fall short/come up short when striving to reach a goal

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To ‘come up short’ usually refers to an expectation, goal, or requirement that isn’t met by someone. You can also use the expression ‘to come up short’ to talk about not having enough money to pay for something you would like or being less skilled than required. This is a polite formal expression used more often in formal contexts. 

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  1. We've been trying to win the competition for years now but have come up short each and every time.
  2. Even after putting all of our money together we still came up short of the bill.
  3. No matter what you do as a parent there are times when you will feel that you fall short of what is expected

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  1. This month's sales figures have fallen well short of what is expected at this company. Either you shape up or ship out!
  2. We are analyzing the situation to try and figure out why we came up short in our attempt to break into that market.
  3. I had no choice but to let Sophie go. Her behaviour fell short of the high standards we require from our employees.  

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