Since, I am constantly redirected to this site for my many, many questions and I am an aspiring author, I shall make my first post a query.
When using the idiom "just shy of (something)" would it be incorrect to simplify or imply the idiom with hyphenation? And if so, why?
(The rest was just shy of an hour and revitalized him.) vs. (The hour-shy rest revitalized him.)
Thank you for your wisdom and time. ~e