shortfall

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From to fall short

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shortfall ‎(plural shortfalls)

  1. An instance of not meeting a quota, debt, or monthly payment on a debt or other obligation, or of having an insufficient amount to cover such obligations.
    Due to a shortfall in revenue we will have to make some cuts.
  2. The amount by which a quota, debt, or monthly payment on a debt or other obligation is missed; the difference between the actual quota or debt and the lesser amount available to pay such obligations.

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