long on one thing and short on another

long on one thing and short on another

COMMON If someone says that something is long on one thing and short on another, they mean that it has a lot of the first thing but not enough of the second. This performance is long on drama and short on worthwhile music. The prime minister's speech was long on words but short on solid action. Note: People sometimes say that something is short on one thing and long on another. Her book was short on biographical detail but long on literary interpretation.
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