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    "short of"

    "Mayor David Miller called her efforts to help contain SARS and bolster public confidence during the ordeal, nothing short of heroic."

    please,

    what does the underlined text mean? I used to think that it meant "with little/few" but it doesn't seem to be the case.

    a few more examples:

    " It's really remarkable, though, because you say short of George Bush and here we have the Soviet leader in this country,..."

    "Now, that's far short of the goal that the National Cancer Institute and other groups have set for..."

    "Do you think we're short of breath here?"

    "I am short of money."

    thanks.


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    Re: "short of"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Mayor David Miller called her efforts to help contain SARS and bolster public confidence during the ordeal, nothing short of heroic."

    please,

    what does the underlined text mean? I used to think that it meant "with little/few" but it doesn't seem to be the case. Nothing less than

    a few more examples:

    " It's really remarkable, though, because you say short of George Bush and here we have the Soviet leader in this country,..." apart from [though the sentence does not make sense.]
    "Now, that's far short of the goal that the National Cancer Institute and other groups have set for..." less than

    "Do you think we're short of breath here?" can't breath properly

    "I am short of money." don't have enough

    thanks.
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    Re: "short of"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Mayor David Miller called her efforts to help contain SARS and bolster public confidence during the ordeal, nothing short of heroic."

    .
    It is usually used to emphasize a bad situation, quality or type of behaviour but not always, as your example shows.
    Be short of something=be (just) something

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