run short of (something)

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run short of (something)

To near the end of a supply of something. We're running short of paper towels right now, so use them judiciously.
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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.
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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]
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be/run short of something

not have enough of something; only have a small amount of something left: We’re running short of butter. Can you get some more today?I’m a bit short of money at the moment. OPPOSITE: be well off for something
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From Valparaiso he had gone to Australia, light, a matter of six thousand miles on end with a stormy passage and running short of bunker coal.
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Almost half of "early baby boomers"--people now between 56 and 62 years old--are at risk of running short of money to cover basic expenses in retirement, according to the 2010 Retirement Readiness Rating issued by the nonprofit Employee Benefits Research Institute of Washington, D.
Cuba is running short of toilet paper and may not get sufficient supplies until the end of the year, officials with state-run companies said, reports Reuters (Aug.
The Daily Post has heard from drinkers throughout the region that some pubs have been running short of the iconic Liverpool brewery's beers.
Rice Not Lacking in Japan, But It's Running Short of Butter: Japan has so far escaped the shortages of rice besetting other nations, but it's running short of a food product the Japanese once disparagingly associated with foreigners: butter.
A NO, London is running short of affordable hotel rooms.
The Army is running short of Firefinder dynamic reference units-hybrid (DRUH) and -37 speedometer interface units (SIU).
LANCASTER - Lockheed Martin donated $5,000 to a new Lancaster High School program aimed at helping prepare future engineers for American industry, which is running short of skilled workers as older engineers retire.
Motor neurons are susceptible to running short of oxygen because they are "very large neurons which have to work hard to transmit signals over very long distances;' Carmeliet says.
FAMILIES running short of ideas to keep their children happy by the end of half-term break are invited to a fun day in Rugby.
That's a luxury that a world rapidly running short of water can't afford.
King and the SCLC were running short of cash, floundering without a clear target.
This federal program, which provides retirement income to all workers, is at risk of running short of money in the next three or four decades.
We may be running short of natural gas, but we will virtually never run out of energy efficiency.