just shy of

INFORMAL

Meaning: You can say something is just shy of an amount if it's just short of that amount.

For example:

  • Luckily our boxer's weight is just shy of 60 kilos. If he was over 60 kilos, he couldn't fight.

  • We've counted the bricks and there are just shy of a thousand.

Quick Quiz:

Lenny's just shy of seven feet tall. He's

a. six foot five inches

b. six foot eleven inches

c. seven foot one inch

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Contributor: Matt Errey