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run short (of something)

to begin to run out of something. We are running short of eggs. I always keep enough so I will never run short.
See also: run, short

run short

Use something up so that a supply runs out or becomes insufficient, as in We ran short of envelopes, or The organization is running short of money. [Mid-1700s]
See also: run, short
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If you run short, parents can load cash on to a voucher for you at any Post Office or PayPoint convenience store.
While it's true that low-carb dieters could run short on the B-vitamins in fortified-bread, other grains for example, just about every multi has a day's worth of B-vitamins.
As a result, homes across Scotland run short and are forced to use nappies, towels and other makeshift devices.
Scots are least likely to run short of change, with just 20 per cent saying they regularly run out of cash.
Coventry's reply was based around a patient innings from opener Keith Bell, who compiled his runs over 47 overs before being caught behind by Clifford off Jamie Spires (2-36) one run short of his half century.
It also regulates the money supply, holds the deposits of commercial banks, and lends money to banks that run short of reserves.