in want of something

in want of (something)

Lacking and needing something. After spending three days camping in the mountains, we were all of us in want of a long hot shower. Judging by its most recent financial reports, it is clearly a company in want of a more competent CEO.
See also: of, want

in want of something

(formal) needing something: The present system is in want of a total review.
See also: of, something, want