Betting that the sides will stop short of an all-out war is an increasingly risky gamble.
We wanted the Northern Alliance to stop short of Kabul when the Taliban fled the city.
He does stop short of making Anders just another Wall Street moustache-twirler.
He had to stop short lest his passion should carry him away.
It may be so, for they stop short in their hostile demonstrations and commence a parley.
But all at once an unexpected spectacle made him stop short.
But he had not strength of mind to stop short in the path of evil.
He sent for Tigellinus, determined at last to stop short at nothing.
Would he stop short at the humiliation of imprisonment and fetters?
And finally, I saw David come round the house and stop short.