short on

short on something (and long on something else)

having too little of one thing and a lot of another The opposing team was short on athleticism. Her dresses, made of cotton, were short on style and long on wear.
Related vocabulary: long on something (and short on something else)
See also: on, short
References in classic literature ?
His eyes were yellow and muddy, as though Nature had run short on pigments and squeezed together the dregs of all her tubes.