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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

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.
See also: lack

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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While HeLa cells did revolutionize the medical industry, Henrietta Lacks did not give her consent for her cells to be taken.
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.
We are indebted to the Lacks family for their generosity and thoughtfulness."
Now, for the first time, the Lacks family has been given a say over at least some research involving her cells.
Lacks' family was left in the dark about the research, confused and angry about what they perceived as scientists making big money from stolen cells while the family couldn't afford health care.
Few with program management experience can refute that many projects and programs falter because of lack of communication, lack of people skills, or lack of leadership skills, rather than a lack of technical program management skills.
Instead, motions to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction should be filed.
What it Packs: Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition; rich media capabilities allows users to play back audio and video content What it Lacks: Limited (but expanding) wireless broadband
All of them have become overwhelmed in recent years due to a lack of upgrades and the upswing in trade as internal security has improved.
of America, where Andy Lack has consolidated operations of Sony Music Entertainment and BMG over the past year.
The authors allude to "unexpected events" that prevented "more formal data collection." This information (or lack thereof) leads us to wonder what the particulars were surrounding the study's inability to gather the data.
Research shows the superiority of group decision making over that of even the brightest individual in the group, except when the group lacks harmony or the ability to cooperate.
Look to see if your skin is dry or oily, clear or blemished, If you find that your diet lacks a whole food, such as full-fat milk, and your skin is dry, try gradually increasing your consumption of milk or milk products and monitor whether the skin becomes less dry and tight.
Tier One automotive molder Lacks Enterprises in Grand Rapids, Mich., claims to be the first U.S.
This is especially true if she, like millions of other people, lacks a key gene.