A few minutes shy of _______ ?''?

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Okay, I have no idea what that phrase means!! can somebody please help me with this? I need the definition and some examples of usage...

For example, what does that phrase mean in this sentence: "Imagine a class where you sit for a few minutes shy of two hours on a high stool holding a notebook, a pen..."

Gracias!
Vic

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updated NOV 6, 2008
posted by Victoria

7 Answers

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It means a little bit less than 2 hours. Like 1 hour and 57 minutes or something like that.

updated NOV 6, 2008
posted by Jordan-Peterson2
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A few minutes shy of an hour.

updated OCT 2, 2008
posted by Gary
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A few minutes shy of bringing this to a resolution. A few minutes shy of resolving the matter. A few minutes shy of completeness. A few minutes shy of completing the package. A few minutes shy of closing.

updated OCT 2, 2008
posted by Gary
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Ah ok! muchas gracias! =D

updated AGO 5, 2008
posted by Victoria
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shy of= falta tiempo/cantidad...

pocos minutos menos de dos horas

casi dos horas

updated AGO 5, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Gracias Heidita por tu reply =)

mm creo que todavía no lo entiendo muy bien.
Por ejemplo en esta oración, qué significaría? "Imagine a class where you sit for a few minutes shy of two hours on a high stool holding a notebook, a pen..."

updated AGO 5, 2008
posted by Victoria
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Hola victoria: unos pocos minutos antes de las 8.30.

It's a few minutes off. -> not enough or too many.
It's a few minutes over. -> too many.
It's a few minutes shy. -> not enough.

En España lo más normal diríamos:

son casi las..

No falta casi nada para las...

Van a ser las....

Mira esta definición:

4 shy(p)

short; "eleven is one shy of a dozen"

She's 25 dollars shy -> le faltan 25 dólares. (haz doble click en shy y encuentras muchas definiciones.)

updated AGO 5, 2008
posted by 00494d19