short of

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short of

  1. Except; without resorting to; up to the point of.
    He tried everything short of lending her the money himself.
  2. Insufficiently equipped with.
    He's a nice person, but a bit short of brains.
  3. Less than.
    An Olympic athlete cannot perform at any level short of world-class.

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