I have seen sentences like:

They scored just shy of 100 points.

Can "short of" be used in the same way?

They scored just short of 100 points.

I know I could say "they scored just a few points short of 100.

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Yes, in this sense, you can use it that way.

Cambridge dictionary example:

The charity raised just short of €7m last year.

  • Why the downvote? I quoted the Cambridge dictionary.
    – John V
    Aug 9, 2018 at 9:53

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