shortfall

[shawrt-fawl]

noun

the quantity or extent by which something falls short; deficiency; shortage.
the act or fact of falling short.

Origin of shortfall

1890–95; short + fall; from verb phrase fall short
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shortfall

noun

failure to meet a goal or a requirement
the amount of such a failure; deficiencya shortfall of £30m
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Word Origin and History for shortfall
n.

also short-fall, 1895; see short (adj.) + fall (v.).

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