If something is short or lasts for a short time, it does not last very long.
The announcement was made a short time ago...
How could you do it in such a short period of time?...
If you talk about a short hour, day, or year, you mean that it seems to have passed very quickly or will seem to pass very quickly.
For a few short weeks there was peace...
Only five short years later, your money will have grown by $94,000.
仅短短 5 年时间后，你的钱就会增多 94,000 美元。
A short speech, letter, or book does not have many words or pages in it.
They were performing a short extract from Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona...
This is a short note to say thank you.
Someone who is short is not as tall as most people are.
I'm tall and thin and he's short and fat.
...a short, elderly woman with grey hair...
Something that is short measures only a small amount from one end to the other.
The city centre and shops are only a short distance away...
A short flight of steps led to a grand doorway...
If you are short of something or if it is short, you do not have enough of it. If you are running short of something or if it is running short, you do not have much of it left.
Her father's illness left the family short of money...
Government forces are running short of ammunition and fuel...
If someone or something is or stops short of a place, they have not quite reached it. If they are or fall short of an amount, they have not quite achieved it.
He stopped a hundred yards short of the building...
他在离大楼 100 码处停下了。
So what happens if the Socialists top the poll but fall short of an absolute majority?...
Short of a particular thing means except for that thing or without actually doing that thing.
Short of climbing railings four metres high, there was no way into the garden from this road...
除非爬过 4 米高的栏杆，否则从这条路没办法进到园子里。
They have no means, short of civil war, to enforce their will upon the minorities.
If something is cut short or stops short, it is stopped before people expect it to or before it has finished.
His glittering career was cut short by a heart attack...
Jackson cut short his trip to Africa...
If a name or abbreviation is short for another name, it is the short version of that name.
Her friend Kes (short for Kesewa) was in tears...
'O.O.B.E.' is short for 'Out Of Body Experience'.
O.O.B.E. 是 Out Of Body Experience (身外体验)的缩略形式。
If you have a short temper, you get angry very easily.
...an awkward, self-conscious woman with a short temper.
If you are short with someone, you speak briefly and rather rudely to them, because you are impatient or angry.
She seemed nervous or tense, and she was definitely short with me.
If you are caught short or are taken short, you feel a sudden strong need to urinate, especially when you cannot easily find a toilet.
If a person or thing is called something for short, that is the short version of their name.
Opposite me was a woman called Jasminder (Jazzy for short)...
This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD for short.
If you go short of something, especially food, you do not have as much of it as you want or need.
Some people may manage their finances badly and therefore have to go short of essentials.
You use in short when you have been giving a lot of details and you want to give a conclusion or summary.
Try tennis, badminton or windsurfing. In short, anything challenging...
She was surrounded by doctors, lawyers, housewives — people, in short, like herself.
You use nothing short of or little short of to emphasize how great or extreme something is. For example, if you say that something is nothing short of a miracle or nothing short of disastrous, you are emphasizing that it is a miracle or it is disastrous.
The results are nothing short of magnificent...
His last visit to Washington was little short of a fiasco.
If you say that someone is, for example, several cards short of a full deck or one sandwich short of a picnic, you think they are stupid, foolish, or crazy.
If someone or something is short on a particular good quality, they do not have as much of it as you think they should have.
He was very short on enthusiasm...
The proposals were short on detail.
If someone stops short of doing something, they come close to doing it but do not actually do it.
He stopped short of explicitly criticizing the government...
The resolution stopped short of an outright declaration of independence.
If workers are put on short time, they are asked to work fewer hours than the normal working week, because their employer can not afford to pay them a full time wage.
Workers across the country have been put on short time because of the slump in demand...
Most manufacturers have had to introduce short-time working.
If something pulls you up short or brings you up short, it makes you suddenly stop what you are doing.
The name on the gate pulled me up short.
If you make short work of someone or something, you deal with them or defeat them very quickly.
Agassi made short work of his opponent.
1. the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
2. accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
3. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base
1. cheat someone by not returning him enough money
2. create a short-circuit in
1. primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration;"a short life""a short flight""a short holiday""a short story""only a few short months"
2. primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length;"short skirts""short hair""the board was a foot short""a short toss"
3. low in stature; not tall;"his was short and stocky""short in stature""a short smokestack"
4. not sufficient to meet a need;"an inadequate income""a poor salary""money is short""on short rations""food is in short supply""short on experience"
5. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices;"a short sale""short in cotton"
6. of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt')
7. containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender and easy to crumble or break into flakes;"shortbread is a short crumbly cookie""a short flaky pie crust"
8. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so;"a light pound""a scant cup of sugar""regularly gives short weight"
9. used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration
10. (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range;"a short memory"
11. lacking foresight or scope;"a short view of the problem""shortsighted policies""shortsighted critics derided the plan""myopic thinking"
12. unwilling to endure;"she was short with the slower students"
13. quickly aroused to anger;"a hotheaded commander"
14. most direct;"took the shortest and most direct route to town"
15. marked by rude or peremptory shortness;"try to cultivate a less brusque manner""a curt reply""the salesgirl was very short with him"
1. quickly and without warning;"he stopped suddenly"
2. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold;"he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
3. clean across;"the car's axle snapped short"
4. at some point or distance before a goal is reached;"he fell short of our expectations"
5. so as to interrupt;"She took him up short before he could continue"
6. at a disadvantage;"I was caught short"
7. tightly;"she caught him up short on his lapel"
8. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner;"he told me curtly to get on with it""he talked short with everyone""he said shortly that he didn't like it"