in short supply

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in short supply

"in short supply"


not easily obtainable


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in short supply

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Hey. Go easy on the photocopy paper, OK? It is in short supply.

Colleague 2: What's wrong with making a few copies of a memo?

Colleague 1: With the company's big push to go green, photocopy paper has been rationed. What you see in the photocopier is all there will be until next week.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in short supply

A couple are talking ...

Husband: Dear?

Wife: What? Can't you see I am busy? Why are you bothering me?

Husband: Sorry. I was just going to ask if I could make you a cup of tea.

Wife: Sorry. Patience is in short supply around here today.

Husband: Have the kids been driving you crazy today?

Wife: It has been one thing after another. With all the rain, the kids are stuck in the house and have been demanding a lot of my attention, not to mention the washing machine has broken down again. I am frazzled.

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in short supply - Gerund Form:

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in short supply - Examples:

1)  In a time when jobs are in short supply for many, those of us who have jobs may be tempted to hold on ...

2)  Why aren't all drugs in short supply listed on the Drug Shortage web page?

3)  When energy is in short supply, it is used by plant tissue nearest to the site of photosynthesis. 

4)  FYI, ammo is usually in short supply during a war, not guns. There is usually an abundance of them.

5)  ... in 1939 brought plastics into great demand, largely as substitutes for materials in short supply, such as natural rubber.

6)  Right now cooperative agendas for the Arctic are in short supply, largely because no state has developed a coherent Arctic policy or a process for ...

7)  And it offers three things in short supply: solutions, perspective and, just as important, optimism.

8)  ... that price gouging is the charging of ruinous or exploitative prices for goods in short supply in the wake of a disaster.

9)  It's not just high-level engineers who are in short supply. Cooks and other lower-level workers are needed. 

10)  ... finding people who want to work hard at anything seems to be in short supply.

11)  And private insurance would be paid for from private savings, which are in short supply for most middle-income elders. 

12)  The government introduced rationing because certain things were in short supply during the war.

13)  ... but the world is not without winners. Good land, in short supply, will rise in price, to the benefit of land owners. 

14)  Traffic congestion is common and street parking is in short supply and hard to find.

15)  Ambulances, with or without trained emergency staff, are in short supply in cities, but even more so in rural areas.

16)  ... growing problem in 18th century France but it wasn't until bread became in short supply that the masses rose up. Food riots are very dangerous.

17)  Today, when trust is in short supply, negative news travels at the speed of light,.

18)  ... even has special visas for people with specialized skills or training that are in short supply here. 

19)  If the globulin protein starting material is in short supply the army of antibodies may be too small to prevent the symptoms of sickness from ...

20)  Nurses and doctors were already in short supply because so many of them had gone to Europe to help with the war effort.