When I read an article in The Washington Post yesterday, I met a sentence which confused me: "Valerie Schönian was born on Sept. 25, 1990, a little shy of a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall and eight days before Germany was formally unified."
What's the meaning of "a little shy of a year after..." ? Thanks.


It means almost a year.

In fact the Berlin Wall was opened on November 9, 1989, so she was born ten and a half months later.

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    The combination of answering a LMGTFY query without evening googlingthatforthem is against the ELU ethos. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 22 '19 at 13:28
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    @EdwinAshworth - I'm going to have to Google "LMGTFY"! – Hot Licks Dec 22 '19 at 13:59

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