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I find your lack of (something) disturbing

Used to humorously call into question some quality that one finds lacking in someone else. Based on the phrase "I find your lack of faith disturbing," from the 1977 film Star Wars. All your art and writing is based on Star Wars? I find your lack of originality disturbing. If you really think that asinine plan will work, I find your lack of brain cells disturbing.
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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 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 significant amount of effort or energy. A: "So, did he get you to go on a date with him?" 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lack for something

to lack something. We don't lack for new ideas. We lack for nothing, thank you.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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?
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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
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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The question with highest mean score was question number 4 that is "Lack of proper training for research" (2.31 +- 0.697), which indicates the majority of the participants were of the view that there is gap of proper training and knowledge of research.
(2005) found that lack of commitment of top executives, lack of knowledge about TQM, mobility of management were the problems in the implementation of total quality management.
In 1982 Lack focused on the term Classical Realism to differentiate this traditional manner of painting from all of the other isms of our time: Photo Realism, Modernism, Surrealism, etc.
The media mogul will portray Henrietta's daughter, now deceased Deborah Lacks, as she seeks to know the identity and life of her mother, who succumbed to death in 1951.
Lack was conscious of his loneliness as both a Christian and an evolutionary biologist and was nervous about the reception of the book.
To be honest, when I moved to Huddersfield it lacked that and as a child I regretted moving here.
We manipulated lack of control and situation valence with the same recall task used in Experiment One, and then we measured visual pattern perception using the snowy pictures task (Whitson & Galinsky, 2008).
However, the lack of wear did not appear to reflect a lack of knowledge about the importance of eye heath in the sun, with 52% of the 1,000 people questioned acknowledging that their eyes could he damaged by not wearing the correct eyewear.
For internists, reimbursement concerns were the main obstacle (35%), followed by time (33%) and lack of psychiatric support (28%).
"Internal practice-based barriers are more significant to clinicians than lack of external disease-specific resources or training," she said, noting that lack of training was called a concern by 24% of internists and 12% of pediatricians.
A CHIEF constable displayed 'a lack of decency and a lack of respect' by using photographs of a decapitated biker to back up his anti-speeding policy, his former deputy said last night.
This attitude translates into an unintentional lack of concern for interior design excellence at every level.
In the corporations that have focused on program leadership development for succession planning, promising individuals receive technical training for high-responsibility program management positions, but they may, nevertheless, lack the depth of experience or leadership capability required to be effective in these positions.
Our problem is not a lack of generosity but a lack of forethought, not a lack of resources but a lack of stewardship over the resources we have.
Instead, motions to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction should be filed.