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 for To fall short
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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; as, a
        short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.
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              The bed is shorter than that a man can stretch
              himself on it.                        --Isa. xxviii.
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     2. Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not
        protracted; as, short breath.
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              The life so short, the craft so long to learn.
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              To short absense I could yield.       --Milton.
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     3. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as,
        a short supply of provisions, or of water.
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     4. Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily
        furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the
        ordinary, standard; -- usually with of; as, to be short of
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              We shall be short in our provision.   --Shak.
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     5. Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a
        measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the
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     6. Not distant in time; near at hand.
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              Marinell was sore offended
              That his departure thence should be so short.
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              He commanded those who were appointed to attend him
              to be ready by a short day.           --Clarendon.
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     7. Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive;
        narrow; not tenacious, as memory.
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              Their own short understandings reach
              No farther than the present.          --Rowe.
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     8. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or
        equivalent; less (than); -- with of.
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              Hardly anything short of an invasion could rouse
              them again to war.                    --Landor.
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     9. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short
        answer to the question.
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     10. (Cookery) Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth;
         crisp; as, short pastry.
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     11. (Metal) Brittle.
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     Note: Metals that are brittle when hot are called ?ot-short;
           as, cast iron may be hot-short, owing to the presence
           of sulphur. Those that are brittle when cold are called
           cold-short; as, cast iron may be cold-short, on account
           of the presence of phosphorus.
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     12. (Stock Exchange) Engaging or engaged to deliver what is
         not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock.
         See The shorts, under Short, n., and To sell short,
         under Short, adv.
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     Note: In mercantile transactions, a note or bill is sometimes
           made payable at short sight, that is, in a little time
           after being presented to the payer.
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     13. (Phon.) Not prolonged, or relatively less prolonged, in
         utterance; -- opposed to long, and applied to vowels or
         to syllables. In English, the long and short of the same
         letter are not, in most cases, the long and short of the
         same sound; thus, the i in ill is the short sound, not of
         i in isle, but of ee in eel, and the e in pet is the
         short sound of a in pate, etc. See Quantity, and Guide
         to Pronunciation, [sect][sect]22, 30.
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     Note: Short is much used with participles to form numerous
           self-explaining compounds; as, short-armed,
           short-billed, short-fingered, short-haired,
           short-necked, short-sleeved, short-tailed,
           short-winged, short-wooled, etc.
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     At short notice, in a brief time; promptly.
     Short rib (Anat.), one of the false ribs.
     Short suit (Whist), any suit having only three cards, or
        less than three. --R. A. Proctor.
     To come short, To cut short, To fall short, etc. See
        under Come, Cut, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fall \Fall\ (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. Fell (f[e^]l); p. p.
     Fallen (f[add]l"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Falling.] [AS.
     feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen,
     Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere
     to deceive, Gr. sfa`llein to cause to fall, Skr. sphal,
     sphul, to tremble. Cf. Fail, Fell, v. t., to cause to
     1. To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to
        descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, the
        apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the
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              I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. --Luke
                                                    x. 18.
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     2. To cease to be erect; to take suddenly a recumbent
        posture; to become prostrate; to drop; as, a child totters
        and falls; a tree falls; a worshiper falls on his knees.
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              I fell at his feet to worship him.    --Rev. xix.
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     3. To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty;
        -- with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the
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     4. To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die
        by violence, as in battle.
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              A thousand shall fall at thy side.    --Ps. xci. 7.
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              He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting,
              fell.                                 --Byron.
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     5. To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose
        strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind
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     6. To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; -- said of
        the young of certain animals. --Shak.
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     7. To decline in power, glory, wealth, or importance; to
        become insignificant; to lose rank or position; to decline
        in weight, value, price etc.; to become less; as, the
        price falls; stocks fell two points.
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              I am a poor fallen man, unworthy now
              To be thy lord and master.            --Shak.
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              The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and
              vanished.                             --Sir J.
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     8. To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.
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              Heaven and earth will witness,
              If Rome must fall, that we are innocent. --Addison.
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     9. To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded;
        to sink into vice, error, or sin; to depart from the
        faith; to apostatize; to sin.
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              Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest
              any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
                                                    --Heb. iv. 11.
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     10. To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be
         worse off than before; as, to fall into error; to fall
         into difficulties.
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     11. To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or
         appear dejected; -- said of the countenance.
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               Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
                                                    --Gen. iv. 5.
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               I have observed of late thy looks are fallen.
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     12. To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our
         spirits rise and fall with our fortunes.
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     13. To pass somewhat suddenly, and passively, into a new
         state of body or mind; to become; as, to fall asleep; to
         fall into a passion; to fall in love; to fall into
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     14. To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to
         issue; to terminate.
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               The Romans fell on this model by chance. --Swift.
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               Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the
               matter will fall.                    --Ruth. iii.
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               They do not make laws, they fall into customs. --H.
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     15. To come; to occur; to arrive.
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               The vernal equinox, which at the Nicene Council
               fell on the 21st of March, falls now [1694] about
               ten days sooner.                     --Holder.
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     16. To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or
         hurry; as, they fell to blows.
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               They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart
               and soul.                            --Jowett
                                                    (Thucyd. ).
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     17. To pass or be transferred by chance, lot, distribution,
         inheritance, or otherwise; as, the estate fell to his
         brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.
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     18. To belong or appertain.
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               If to her share some female errors fall,
               Look on her face, and you'll forget them all.
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     19. To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded
         expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from
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     To fall abroad of (Naut.), to strike against; -- applied to
        one vessel coming into collision with another.
     To fall among, to come among accidentally or unexpectedly.
     To fall astern (Naut.), to move or be driven backward; to
        be left behind; as, a ship falls astern by the force of a
        current, or when outsailed by another.
     To fall away.
         (a) To lose flesh; to become lean or emaciated; to pine.
         (b) To renounce or desert allegiance; to revolt or rebel.
         (c) To renounce or desert the faith; to apostatize.
             "These . . . for a while believe, and in time of
             temptation fall away." --Luke viii. 13.
         (d) To perish; to vanish; to be lost. "How . . . can the
             soul . . . fall away into nothing?" --Addison.
         (e) To decline gradually; to fade; to languish, or become
             faint. "One color falls away by just degrees, and
             another rises insensibly." --Addison.
     To fall back.
         (a) To recede or retreat; to give way.
         (b) To fail of performing a promise or purpose; not to
     To fall back upon or To fall back on.
         (a) (Mil.) To retreat for safety to (a stronger position
             in the rear, as to a fort or a supporting body of
         (b) To have recourse to (a reserved fund, a more reliable
             alternative, or some other available expedient or
     To fall calm, to cease to blow; to become calm.
     To fall down.
         (a) To prostrate one's self in worship. "All kings shall
             fall down before him." --Ps. lxxii. 11.
         (b) To sink; to come to the ground. "Down fell the
             beauteous youth." --Dryden.
         (c) To bend or bow, as a suppliant.
         (d) (Naut.) To sail or drift toward the mouth of a river
             or other outlet.
     To fall flat, to produce no response or result; to fail of
        the intended effect; as, his speech fell flat.
     To fall foul of.
         (a) (Naut.) To have a collision with; to become entangled
         (b) To attack; to make an assault upon.
     To fall from, to recede or depart from; not to adhere to;
        as, to fall from an agreement or engagement; to fall from
        allegiance or duty.
     To fall from grace (M. E. Ch.), to sin; to withdraw from
        the faith.
     To fall home (Ship Carp.), to curve inward; -- said of the
        timbers or upper parts of a ship's side which are much
        within a perpendicular.
     To fall in.
         (a) To sink inwards; as, the roof fell in.
         (b) (Mil.) To take one's proper or assigned place in
             line; as, to fall in on the right.
         (c) To come to an end; to terminate; to lapse; as, on the
             death of Mr. B., the annuuity, which he had so long
             received, fell in.
         (d) To become operative. "The reversion, to which he had
             been nominated twenty years before, fell in."
     To fall into one's hands, to pass, often suddenly or
        unexpectedly, into one's ownership or control; as, to
        spike cannon when they are likely to fall into the hands
        of the enemy.
     To fall in with.
         (a) To meet with accidentally; as, to fall in with a
         (b) (Naut.) To meet, as a ship; also, to discover or come
             near, as land.
         (c) To concur with; to agree with; as, the measure falls
             in with popular opinion.
         (d) To comply; to yield to. "You will find it difficult
             to persuade learned men to fall in with your
             projects." --Addison.
     To fall off.
         (a) To drop; as, fruits fall off when ripe.
         (b) To withdraw; to separate; to become detached; as,
             friends fall off in adversity. "Love cools,
             friendship falls off, brothers divide." --Shak.
         (c) To perish; to die away; as, words fall off by disuse.
         (d) To apostatize; to forsake; to withdraw from the
             faith, or from allegiance or duty.
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                   Those captive tribes . . . fell off
                   From God to worship calves.      --Milton.
         (e) To forsake; to abandon; as, his customers fell off.
         (f) To depreciate; to change for the worse; to
             deteriorate; to become less valuable, abundant, or
             interesting; as, a falling off in the wheat crop; the
             magazine or the review falls off. "O Hamlet, what a
             falling off was there!" --Shak.
         (g) (Naut.) To deviate or trend to the leeward of the
             point to which the head of the ship was before
             directed; to fall to leeward.
     To fall on.
         (a) To meet with; to light upon; as, we have fallen on
             evil days.
         (b) To begin suddenly and eagerly. "Fall on, and try the
             appetite to eat." --Dryden.
         (c) To begin an attack; to assault; to assail. "Fall on,
             fall on, and hear him not." --Dryden.
         (d) To drop on; to descend on.
     To fall out.
         (a) To quarrel; to begin to contend.
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                   A soul exasperated in ills falls out
                   With everything, its friend, itself. --Addison.
         (b) To happen; to befall; to chance. "There fell out a
             bloody quarrel betwixt the frogs and the mice."
         (c) (Mil.) To leave the ranks, as a soldier.
     To fall over.
         (a) To revolt; to desert from one side to another.
         (b) To fall beyond. --Shak.
     To fall short, to be deficient; as, the corn falls short;
        they all fall short in duty.
     To fall through, to come to nothing; to fail; as, the
        engageent has fallen through.
     To fall to, to begin. "Fall to, with eager joy, on homely
        food." --Dryden.
     To fall under.
         (a) To come under, or within the limits of; to be
             subjected to; as, they fell under the jurisdiction of
             the emperor.
         (b) To come under; to become the subject of; as, this
             point did not fall under the cognizance or
             deliberations of the court; these things do not fall
             under human sight or observation.
         (c) To come within; to be ranged or reckoned with; to be
             subordinate to in the way of classification; as,
             these substances fall under a different class or
     To fall upon.
         (a) To attack. [See To fall on.]
         (b) To attempt; to have recourse to. "I do not intend to
             fall upon nice disquisitions." --Holder.
         (c) To rush against.
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     Note: Fall primarily denotes descending motion, either in a
           perpendicular or inclined direction, and, in most of
           its applications, implies, literally or figuratively,
           velocity, haste, suddenness, or violence. Its use is so
           various, and so mush diversified by modifying words,
           that it is not easy to enumerate its senses in all its
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