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One who has sold a contract to establish a market position and who has not yet closed out this position through an offsetting purchase; the opposite of a long position. Related: Long.

Short Position

The sale of a security or derivative, or the state of having sold one or the other. It is important to note that a short position is not closed, and is applied only to sales where further action may be required. For example, one who has borrowed securities and has then sold them is said to be have a short position with respect to that security, because he/she must eventually return an equivalent amount of the borrowed securities. Likewise, one who has sold (or written) an option is in a short position, because the option may be exercised at a later date. See also: Long position, Close a position.


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In the February 15 edition of News, the article "State Attorneys, PDs Need Money to Reduce Turnover" comes short in explaining the well-documented crisis at the offices of state attorneys.
Sometimes he comes short, sometimes he makes runs in behind, but he always keeps running.
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Against Fulham, he kept getting the ball with his back to goal and that makes it easier for defenders, especially when he comes short all the time.
He comes short or goes long and while he may not be the quickest in the world, he can certainly think quicker than anyone else.
He likes to hide behind the defender and comes short, links up with the likes of Arjen Robben and is very strong.
Torres is mobile and likes to play on the left flank to come in and comes short between the lines to lay off the ball.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
McMenamin added: 'I've never seen anyone as quick on a pitch before and Craig's equally capable when he comes short and spins off his markers.
We seem to find each other well and when he comes short, I try to get behind him and vice versa.