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[shawrt-fawl] /ˈʃɔrtˌfɔl/
the quantity or extent by which something falls short; deficiency; shortage.
the act or fact of falling short.
Origin of shortfall
1890-95; short + fall; from verb phrase fall short Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shortfall
  • One aid shortfall that the film focuses on is provision of latrines.
  • We'll take profits today and use future income to cover the shortfall.
  • The economic shortfall can not be continued as or credit line is becoming unsustainable.
  • There is no reason to think that more sugar cane will not be grown to make up for any shortfall created by plastics production.
  • It's not the biggest reason for the shortfall, but it is a genuine reason.
  • The pitchers make up for this shortfall by harvesting nitrogen from the flesh of animals.
  • There is moral cost in the shortfall between the professed ideal of equal opportunity and the reality of rising inequality.
  • The longer the investment shortfall lasts, the more damage it does.
  • But check out the how the budget shortfall looked after the housing bubble popped.
  • Some economists chalk up the jobless recovery to a demand shortfall and end the discussion there.
British Dictionary definitions for shortfall


failure to meet a goal or a requirement
the amount of such a failure; deficiency: a shortfall of £30m
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Word Origin and History for shortfall

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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