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.


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

Cambridge dictionary example:

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

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  • Why the downvote? I quoted the Cambridge dictionary. – John V Aug 9 '18 at 9:53


shy of means slightly less than,

  • They scored just shy of 100 goals last year.


short of means not having enough of something:

  • I'm short of money
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  • It can also mean without something or without doing something, or unless something happens. E.g. Short of a miracle, we'll be the lowest scoring team this year too. – Mattias Aug 9 '18 at 9:19
  • No. "Short of" can mean the same, actually, as Oxford dictionary shows: Less than. An example sentence: he died at sixty-one, four years short of his pensionable age. For "Shy", Oxford even states it is an informal way of saying short of.. – John V Aug 9 '18 at 9:41

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