short of breath; liable to difficulty in breathing.
brief or concise; to the point, as in speech or writing.

1400–50; late Middle English Unabridged
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1.  tending to run out of breath, esp after exertion
2.  (of speech or writing) terse or abrupt

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short-winded adj.

  1. Breathing with quick, labored breaths.

  2. Likely to have difficulty in breathing, especially from exertion.

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Example sentences
Taming the abuses of special interest financing of political campaigns is not an endeavor for the short-winded.
Transition reform is not for the short-winded or faint spirited.
Court reform, a noted jurist once observed, is not for the faint-hearted or the short-winded.
It has been said that judicial reform is not for the short-winded.
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