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be in short supply

To be scarce. Those toys have been 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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be in ˌshort supˈply

not be enough of something; be scarce: During the war, many things were in short supply.
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With 44,000 new employees on the job, desk phones, cell phones, computers and pagers are in short supply at TSA, he said.