come short—fail to meet the hopes or expectations:
- Even those who come short in other ways may justly plead the valor with which they have fought for their country.
a) The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase come short home—(arch.) return from an expedition, etc., with loss of men; come to grief:
- They often came short home, for the Germans had the better of them.
b) The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase run short (of food supplies, etc.) become insufficient or inadequate:
- Staff were working long hours in unimaginable circumstances and some vital surgical supplies were running short.
come shortly—come or become available in a short time:
- There are still a lot of questions that needs to be answered and hopefully answers will come shortly.