come short

come short
verb
fail to meet (expectations or standards)
Syn: ↑fall short
Hypernyms: ↑disappoint, ↑let down
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

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come short
To fail
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Main Entry:come

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fail to reach a goal or standard

we're so close to getting the job done, but we keep coming up short

S. African get into trouble

if you try to trick him you'll come short

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come ˈshort idiom
(SAfrE, informal) to have an accident; to get into trouble
Main entry:shortidiom

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  • come short of — To fail to attain • • • Main Entry: ↑come …   Useful english dictionary

  • come short — index fail (lose) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • To come short — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come short — Short Short, a. [Compar. {Shorter}; superl. {Shortest}.] [OE. short, schort, AS. scort, sceort; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel. skorta to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v. t. Cf. {Shirt}.] 1. Not long; having brief length or linear… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • come short of — fail to achieve one s goal, miss, fail …   English contemporary dictionary

  • come short — Fail, be deficient, be wanting …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • odd-come-short — | ̷ ̷(ˌ) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun (plural odd come shorts) 1. archaic a. : a cast off garment or piece of cloth b. odd come shorts plural : odds and ends 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Come — Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Come — Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Short — Short, a. [Compar. {Shorter}; superl. {Shortest}.] [OE. short, schort, AS. scort, sceort; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel. skorta to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v. t. Cf. {Shirt}.] 1. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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