fall short (third-person singular simple present falls short, present participle falling short, simple past fell short, past participle fallen short)
- (idiomatic) to be less satisfactory than expected; to be inadequate or insufficient
- 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 245c.
- But if being is not a whole through being affected by that affection, and there is such a thing as the whole itself, if follows that being falls short of itself.
Usually used with preposition of.
to be less satisfactory than expected; to be inadequate or insufficient