Shy of 16


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Hi, everybody.

Would you let me know if "shy of 16" is natural and what it means?
(It is from a BBC news article.)

Naomi Campbell, now 48, was just shy of 16 when she launched her career. Kate Moss, 45, was discovered at the age of 14. Brooke Shields was just 14 when she appeared on the front cover of Vogue in February 1980.

Thank you.
  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Yes, see Cobuild Collins, for instance:
    shy of
    A number or amount that is just shy of another number or amount is just under it.
    ...a high-school dropout rate just shy of 53%.
    He died two days shy of his 95th birthday.

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