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lack the courage of (one's) convictions

To not have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. The governor was presented with a bribe to help the corporation avoid regulation, and she accepted it because she lacked the courage of her convictions.
See also: conviction, courage, lack, of

not for (a) lack of trying

Despite putting forth a decent amount of effort or energy. A: "So, did he agree to go on a date with you?" B: "No. Not for lack of trying, mind you." I'm sorry your team lost, but it wasn't for a lack of trying!
See also: lack, not, of, trying

lack for (something)

To lack something one or something wants or requires, or would benefit from. You don't need to get me anything for my birthday, Mom—I really lack for nothing. The only thing he lacks for is the motivation to put his skills to goof use.
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lack for something

to lack something. We don't lack for new ideas. We lack for nothing, thank you.
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have/lack the courage of your conˈvictions

be/not be brave enough to do what you believe to be right: You say that cruelty to animals is wrong, so why not have the courage of your convictions and join our campaign?
See also: conviction, courage, have, lack, of

not for lack/want of ˈtrying

used to say that although somebody has not succeeded in something, they have tried very hard: He’s had no success in finding a job, though not for lack of trying.
See also: lack, not, of, trying, want

lack for

v.
To be in need of something or someone. Used chiefly in the negative: She is very popular and does not lack for friends. Because he's rich, he doesn't lack for luxuries.
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An estimated 18,000 Americans die each year because they are uninsured and lack adequate medical care, according to the Institute of Medicine, which also says the United States spends around $100 billion each year on medical care for the uninsured.
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Differential costs or values: where illegal activities are driven by regulations that create cost differentials between legal and illegal products, by differential compliance costs (or different consumer prices), by demand in different countries for scarce products for which substitutes are not available or accepted, and by a lack of concern for the environment.