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come up short

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come up short

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To be deficient; not add up to what it ought: Shelton slugged 15 aces, but the rest of his game came up short (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • She'll come up short jest as ef she was alive, and that's something, seeing as this is a hundred-ton digger.

    The Hero of Panama F. S. Brereton

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