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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Short adv. In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short.
    He was taken up very short, and adjudged corrigible for such presumptuous language.   --Howell.
 To sell short Stock Exchange, to sell, for future delivery, what the party selling does not own, but hopes to buy at a lower rate.