short coming

shortcoming

[shawrt-kuhm-ing]
noun
a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.

Origin:
1670–80; short + coming


fault, flaw, failing, weakness.
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shortcoming (ˈʃɔːtˌkʌmɪŋ)
 
n
a failing, defect, or deficiency

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shortcoming
1680, from the phrase to come short "be inadequate" (1579); see short (adj.).
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