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shortfall

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/ ˈʃɔrtˌfɔl /
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noun
the quantity or extent by which something falls short; deficiency; shortage.
the act or fact of falling short.
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Origin of shortfall

1890–95; short + fall; from verb phrase fall short
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British Dictionary definitions for shortfall

shortfall
/ (ˈʃɔːtˌfɔːl) /

noun
failure to meet a goal or a requirement
the amount of such a failure; deficiencya shortfall of £30m
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