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lack the courage of (one's) convictions

To not have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. The governor was presented with a bribe to help the corporation avoid regulation, and she accepted it because she lacked the courage of her convictions.
See also: conviction, courage, lack, of

not for (a) lack of trying

Despite putting forth a decent amount of effort or energy. A: "So, did he agree to go on a date with you?" B: "No. Not for lack of trying, mind you." I'm sorry your team lost, but it wasn't for a lack of trying!
See also: lack, not, of, trying

lack for (something)

To lack something one or something wants or requires, or would benefit from. You don't need to get me anything for my birthday, Mom—I really lack for nothing. The only thing he lacks for is the motivation to put his skills to goof use.
See also: lack

lack for something

to lack something. We don't lack for new ideas. We lack for nothing, thank you.
See also: lack

have/lack the courage of your conˈvictions

be/not be brave enough to do what you believe to be right: You say that cruelty to animals is wrong, so why not have the courage of your convictions and join our campaign?
See also: conviction, courage, have, lack, of

not for lack/want of ˈtrying

used to say that although somebody has not succeeded in something, they have tried very hard: He’s had no success in finding a job, though not for lack of trying.
See also: lack, not, of, trying, want

lack for

To be in need of something or someone. Used chiefly in the negative: She is very popular and does not lack for friends. Because he's rich, he doesn't lack for luxuries.
See also: lack
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He said: "Our lack of discipline in defending cost us the game, and we lacked the end product.
Examining California law, the court concluded that the corporation lacked the necessary capacity.
Thus, those dispatchers who perceived that they were being treated as second-class citizens, lacked pay and promotional opportunities, experienced conflicting role demands, or lacked supervisory support reported higher levels of job stress and burnout.
On an all-you-can-eat diet, mice that were missing both GIP receptors and leptin gained significantly less weight and body fat than mice that lacked only leptin did.
In the past the IRS has attacked the transfer of such property to a family limited partnership on the grounds that the entity lacked a valid or bona fide business purpose and, as a result, should have been disregarded for federal transfer tax purposes.
Many of the 50 or so homes are makeshift structures of plywood and sheet metal, lacking both piped-in water and electricity, built by people who lacked clear title for the land they purchased from real estate developer Marshall Redman.
Ineffective complexity management - nearly half of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that their complex legacy systems lacked the flexibility to stay current with business needs.
DePinho of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, and their colleagues described the development and surprisingly healthy early life of six successive generations of mice that lacked telomerase.
Because of the nature of Viper's conduct in this matter and certain representations by Viper and its counsel, and the fact Viper apparently lacked standing to even bring the action because it was not registered in California, Greenland is contemplating the filing of a motion for sanctions and attorneys fees against Viper, certain of its officers and directors and its counsel.
Some fish lacked hind fins entirely while others had the fully formed fins of their saltwater grandparents.
More than seven percent of Massachusetts teacher positions at the secondary level were either left vacant or filled by a teacher who lacked certification in their primary teaching responsibility, according to a new study of teacher labor supply and demand commissioned by the New England Council.