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    Shy of

    Please, explain the underlined expression :

    Last week, just three weeks shy of my son's enlistment date, he underwent a high-profile security check under the auspices of the navy.

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    Re: Shy of

    Quote Originally Posted by motico View Post
    Please, explain the underlined expression :

    Last week, just three weeks shy of my son's enlistment date, he underwent a high-profile security check under the auspices of the navy.
    "Shy of" means "before" in this sentence.

    It is normally used when something is a less than needed or less than expected. It can refer to physical distance, distance in time (like your example), or distance in some other sense.

    Some examples from news headlines:

    1674-pound pumpkin just shy of world record.

    Democrats lose ground, now eleven votes shy of passing Obamacare.

    Many early boomers could run shy of cash in retirement.

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