stop short

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The group's final communique, which is expected to come out Saturday, is most likely going to express ASEAN's support for an air and naval navigation freedom but might stop short of mentioning China in name.
Rick Perry that signal support for his bid to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison but stop short of a full-throated endorsement.
The institute forecast that unemployment will stop short of 3m, but it warned that the period between New Year and Easter will be the worst for redundancies since 1991.