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I am hoping to gain a better understanding of how the words "shy" and "short" are used to indicate a shortage.

  1. The order will be shy/short of 10 cases.

  2. The order will be 10 cases shy/short.

  3. We shorted the customer 10 cases.

  4. We shorted the customer by 10 cases.

If someone could help critique the sentences above, that would be great.

Thanks in advance!

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  • Does this answer your question? What does "to be a range of time shy of a date" mean? Nov 10, 2020 at 14:31
  • You can't say 'we shorted the customer' (not in my English, at any rate). The delivery to the customer was ten cases short. Nov 10, 2020 at 17:54
  • I'd say all but the first one are idiomatic in informal US English. ("Of" is not appropriate in the first example.)
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 11, 2020 at 1:18

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The order will be shy/short of 10 cases Either one works but you'll need to add "just" in front of both..IF you're going to keep "of" Otherwise, ..be shy/short 10 cases.

The order will be 10 cases shy/short Short. Never shy

We shorted the customer 10 cases Correct

We shorted the customer by 10 cases. Correct

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  • Appreciate your response! We use this quite often at work and I'm always afraid that I'm not using the terms correctly.
    – Student
    Nov 14, 2020 at 21:28
  • Saying "shy/short of" is ambiguous. Unclear whether the quantity is less than 10, or it is 10 less than the necessary quantity.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 11, 2020 at 2:00

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