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fall short

adjective as in go without

verb as in flop

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I call it (forgive the lofty phrase) the arc of innovation—and many, many discoveries fall short along that arc.

Unfortunately, immunizations rates for this disease also fall short of federal guidelines.

And while I will always fall short of Madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man.

Or do they fall short of the best of their manufactured-pop predecessors?

Many prodigies fall short of their promise, or disappear completely.

There need be no fear that with shortened hours of labor the sum total of production would fall short of human needs.

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Besides, their missiles were beginning to fall short; and the number of men they had lost greatly disheartened them.

"I will not fall short of my former reputation, your Excellency," declared the Don.

A stone is slung and a javelin cast, though both fall short.


On this page you'll find 397 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to fall short, such as: abstain, be deprived of, do without, go short, lack, and need.

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