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in short supply

Scarce. Those toys are in short supply ever since that website featured them. Kindness seems to be in short supply these days, so it's nice to see someone being so selfless.
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supply and demand

The amount of something available to purchase compared to the number of people who need or want to purchase it. The company has had a hard time figuring out supply and demand on their first product, which has been incredibly popular but very difficult to find in stores.
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be in short supply

To be scarce. Those toys are in short supply ever since that website featured them. Kindness seems to be in short supply these days, so it's nice to see someone being so selfless.
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in short supply

Fig. scarce. Fresh vegetables are in short supply in the winter. Yellow cars are in short supply because everyone likes them and buys them. At this time of the year, fresh vegetables go into short supply.
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supply and demand

the availability of things or people as compared to the need to utilize the things or people; the availability of goods compared to the number of willing customers for the goods. Sometimes you can find what you want by shopping around and other times almost no store carries the items you are looking for. It depends entirely on supply and demand. (Alludes to a principle of market economics.) Sometimes customers ask for things we do not carry in stock and other times we have things in abundance that no one wants to buy. Whether or not we can make money off of a product depends entirely on supply and demand.
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supply someone or something with something

to provide something to someone or something. We will supply you with all the pencils you need. We supplied the committee with ice water.
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supply something (to someone or something) (from something)

to provide someone or something with something from some source. I supplied ice cream to the new restaurant from a very expensive source. We supplied nuts from a pushcart. Frank supplied nothing at all to them.

in short supply

Less than is needed, lacking. For example, Skilled operators were in short supply, or The hotels are all full, and beds are in short supply. [First half of 1900s]
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be in ˌshort supˈply

not be enough of something; be scarce: During the war, many things were in short supply.
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Supple does not believe that the Utah decision will lead to more lawsuits against the company based on the findings of the trial court.
That very urgency would seem a natural for the stage, especially in the hands of Supple and an ad hoc company of regular collaborators who could bring to bear their by now well-established sensory immersion in a theater attuned to sight, sound -- this director's aural landscapes are always impressive (the invaluable sound designer is Christopher Shutt) -- and language.
Campbell said Supple was arrested last year for felony vandalism to signs, overpasses and other objects across Los Angeles.
24 Supple, 173, writes in this connection that gold "had a much lower velocity of circulation - which was reduced even more by its suitability as a means of holding wealth in an age which placed a great premium on liquidity," that is to say, an age organized around the production and circulation of silver money.
This vintage is sure to leave a lasting impression of the classic style of Beaujolais at its best: fruity, supple, and a genuine pleasure to drink.
Supple made another excellent save in the 26th minute from Galway skipper Ryan Connolly following a Curran flick.
Supple, 43, was second jockey to Sheikh Hamdan for six years and Gold said: "Willie was always a joy to work with.
Dubai Former UAE champion jockey Willie Supple grabbed the chance to shine at his favourite hunting ground, the Jebel Ali Racecourse, and turned on the style to thrill the crowd on the opening day of the 2010/ 2011 UAE racing season yesterday.
SHANE SUPPLE admits he'd rather get a second shot at the SPL with Falkirk next season than play second fiddle in the English Premiership.
HARRY ROGERS and jockey Willie Supple made their first winner of the season one to remember as Moon Unit landed the featured Woodlands Stakes at Naas yesterday afternoon.
Chris Armstrong's surging 25thminute run and pass set up Paul Ifill for a swerving shot that beat keeper Shane Supple and was heading for the back of the net.
Ashdown Express ridden by Richard Mullen (left) took advantage of circumstances to win the Group Three Bentinck Stakes at Newmarket yesterday as Willie Supple suffered a double blow.
Ashdown Express took full advantage of circumstances to win a feature race full of incident at Newmarket yesterday as Willie Supple suffered a double blow.
Hazim came with a late rattle to win the pounds 50,000 Freephone Stanley Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar yesterday and jockey Willie Supple reckons there is better to come from the lightly-raced four-year-old.
Jockey Robbie Supple, having his best ever season, was the star man at Newcastle where he landed a 72-1 double.