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1

Having an inadequate supply of, as in We're short of cash right now. [Late 1600s] Also see fall short of.

2

Less than, inferior to, as in Nothing short of her best effort was needed to make the team. [Mid-1500s]

3

Other than, without resorting to, as in Short of yelling, I had no other way of getting his attention.

4

See stop short, def. 3.

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