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    something is short of...


    What does the expression "to be short of" means? and "to stop short of"?

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    Re: something is short of...

    To be short of- not have enough of something or lack something you need or want

    To stop short of- to come close to doing something but not to actually do it:

    He stopped short of calling for her resignation- this would mean that he was very critical, and may have implied that she should resign, but he didn't actually say it.

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