come short of smth.

come short of smth.
(come (или fall) short of smth.)
1) не хватать чего-л.; испытывать недостаток в чём-л.; уступать в чём-л.

...he felt how far he fell short of the reserve power and dignity in both his father and his mother. (J. Galsworthy, ‘To Let’, part III, ch. VI) — ...он понимал, насколько уступал он в сдержанности и умении соблюдать свое достоинство им обоим - и отцу, и матери.

Her money came short of the expenditure. — Ей не хватало денег на расходы.

2) не оправдать (ожиданий, надежд)

Aubrey: "...I am a model son; but I regret to say that you are very far from being a model father." The Elder: "What right have you to say that, sir? In what way have I fallen short?" (B. Shaw, ‘Too True to Be Good’, act III) — Обри: "...Я образцовый сын, но, к сожалению, вы далеко не образцовый отец." Отец: "На каком основании вы говорите это, сэр? В чем я не оправдал ваших ожиданий?"


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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