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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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The higher prices will allocate the limited supplies by inducing conservation, by causing some industrial activities to close, and by encouraging some to switch to alternative fuels such as oil or coal.
to apply, GST-registered suppliers should retain satisfactory evidence on file indicating that their customers are nonresidents and not registered for GST purpose Appendix B of GST Memorandum 300-3-5 (Exports) list documentation, to be kept on file, that generally will be acceptable to the Department of National Revenue certification that the persons to whom the supplies are being made are not residents of Canada and not registered for GST purposes.
As Company A is supplying goods to Company B "FOB site in Canada," the supplies are deemed to be made in Canada under the provisions of paragraph 142(1)(a) of the Excise Tax Act (Act).
Specifically, subsection 185(1) now provides that the extent to which properties and services are acquired or imported for consumption, use or supply in the course of making supplies of certain financial services is to be determined in accordance with new subsection 141.
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Moses Lake Industries (Tama Chemicals) supplies plating and high purity chemicals.
Siltronic supplies polished and epitaxial silicon wafers.
All of the supplies highlighted as necessary are made in places like China, Singapore and Malaysia.
However, he acknowledges that there appears to be a gap between the supplies that the nation would need and the supplies represented by distributors' stockpiles and hospitals' average inventory levels.
We're not recommending that hospitals rush to stockpile medical supplies.
Hon Hai/Foxconn supplies motherboard assembly, connectors,
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necessary, change the delivery of components and supplies.