fall short

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fall short (third-person singular simple present falls short, present participle falling short, simple past fell short, past participle fallen short)

  1. (idiomatic) to be less satisfactory than expected; to be inadequate or insufficient
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 245c.
      But if being is not a whole through being affected by that affection, and there is such a thing as the whole itself, if follows that being falls short of itself.

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Usually used with preposition of.

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