find (something) wanting

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find (something) wanting

To discover or determine that someone or something is deficient in certain or overall requirements, expectations, or standards. The report found the government's stimulus plan wanting in several key areas. Though impressed by his application letter, the firm found his C.V. wanting. Mary was found wanting in basic social etiquette by her peers.
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Every once in a while, you can find someone wanting a position so badly - or so badly wanting to deny a position to someone else - that the person will blow past the boundaries that separate acceptable and unacceptable in the caustic world of political argument.
And as you've literally only got a few days, most visitors tend to party at the lodge, where you'll always find someone wanting to have good conversation.