Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by Max.89, May 19, 2007.
Looks like we are shy of one horse
What does the sentence above mean?
Shy of something = lacking something.
It means that we need one more horse than we have.
You could also say "we're one horse short".
So can I say something like "I was shy of one bag" and any other thing?
Yes - as long as you mean that you needed one more bag (to do something or complete a task for example).
I personally find "shy of", meaning "short of", rather an unusual expression. I'm not sure that all English-speakers know it and would not recommend using it too freely.
Separate names with a comma.