short on (something) (and long on something else)

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short on (something) (and long on something else)

To not have enough of some quality (and too much of some other quality). It seems like kids these days are all short on work ethic. His films are known for being short on substance and long on style.
See also: long, on, short, something
References in classic literature ?
His eyes were yellow and muddy, as though Nature had run short on pigments and squeezed together the dregs of all her tubes.