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stop one short
. Check abruptly, as in
When we tried to cross the street, the barrier stopped us short
Cause someone to stop speaking, as in
I was about to tell them the date when my father stopped me short
stop short of
. Not go so far as to do or say something. For example,
He may embroider the truth but he stops short of actually lying
. This usage was first recorded in 1818.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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