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shortfall

[shawrt-fawl] /ˈʃɔrtˌfɔl/
noun
1.
the quantity or extent by which something falls short; deficiency; shortage.
2.
the act or fact of falling short.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; short + fall; from verb phrase fall short
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British Dictionary definitions for short fall

shortfall

/ˈʃɔːtˌfɔːl/
noun
1.
failure to meet a goal or a requirement
2.
the amount of such a failure; deficiency: a shortfall of £30m
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Word Origin and History for short fall

shortfall

n.

also short-fall, 1895; see short (adj.) + fall (v.).

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