fall short of

Prove inadequate or insufficient. For example, His skills fell short of the required standard. [Late 1500s]


Nearby words

  1. fall on one's face,
  2. fall on one's feet,
  3. fall out,
  4. fall over,
  5. fall river,
  6. fall through,
  7. fall through the cracks,
  8. fall to,
  9. fall under,
  10. fall webworm

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