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    stop short of..

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I had but just stopped short of insulting the beautiful…being by whom it was proffered. (W. Scot, “Rob Roy”)

    stop short of.. = it is hardly probable

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: stop short of..

    I'd interpret it as meaning that the person had come very close to insulting the beautiful....

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