Betting that the sides will stop short of an all-out war is an increasingly risky gamble.
We wanted the Northern Alliance to stop short of Kabul when the Taliban fled the city.
He does stop short of making Anders just another Wall Street moustache-twirler.
He had to stop short lest his passion should carry him away.
A glance at her face caused him to stop short and look at her.
But all at once an unexpected spectacle made him stop short.
This he should know; the other powers he must have, or stop short of his full efficiency.
He sent for Tigellinus, determined at last to stop short at nothing.
But I must stop short, or else this letter will be all preface.
And finally, I saw David come round the house and stop short.