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in short supply

Scarce. Those toys are in short supply ever since that website featured them. Kindness seems to be in short supply these days, so it's nice to see someone being so selfless.
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supply and demand

The amount of something available to purchase compared to the number of people who need or want to purchase it. The company has had a hard time figuring out supply and demand on their first product, which has been incredibly popular but very difficult to find in stores.
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be in short supply

To be scarce. Those toys are in short supply ever since that website featured them. Kindness seems to be in short supply these days, so it's nice to see someone being so selfless.
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in short supply

Fig. scarce. Fresh vegetables are in short supply in the winter. Yellow cars are in short supply because everyone likes them and buys them. At this time of the year, fresh vegetables go into short supply.
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supply and demand

the availability of things or people as compared to the need to utilize the things or people; the availability of goods compared to the number of willing customers for the goods. Sometimes you can find what you want by shopping around and other times almost no store carries the items you are looking for. It depends entirely on supply and demand. (Alludes to a principle of market economics.) Sometimes customers ask for things we do not carry in stock and other times we have things in abundance that no one wants to buy. Whether or not we can make money off of a product depends entirely on supply and demand.
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supply someone or something with something

to provide something to someone or something. We will supply you with all the pencils you need. We supplied the committee with ice water.
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supply something (to someone or something) (from something)

to provide someone or something with something from some source. I supplied ice cream to the new restaurant from a very expensive source. We supplied nuts from a pushcart. Frank supplied nothing at all to them.

in short supply

Less than is needed, lacking. For example, Skilled operators were in short supply, or The hotels are all full, and beds are in short supply. [First half of 1900s]
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be in ˌshort supˈply

not be enough of something; be scarce: During the war, many things were in short supply.
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It also prohibits them from deceptively representing that Supples endorsers are independent and objective when those endorsers have a close personal or financial stake in the companys product sales.
Supple completed his double at odds of 71-1 when he got Partners In Jazz up on the line in the Nick Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap.
Supple completed his brace when he got Partners In Jazz up on the line in the Nick Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap.
Jay Supple, co-owner of the Supple Restaurant Group, said: "It's great to be able to expand our partnership with the Green Bay Packers and to serve Packers fans and others with more great food choices.
Supple, who had never sat on Hazim before, said: ``The gaps came at the right time for me.
We believe that most times we prevail when we put our claim-handling practices out there," said Supple.
That very urgency would seem a natural for the stage, especially in the hands of Supple and an ad hoc company of regular collaborators who could bring to bear their by now well-established sensory immersion in a theater attuned to sight, sound -- this director's aural landscapes are always impressive (the invaluable sound designer is Christopher Shutt) -- and language.
CHP officers arrested Supple at the hospital on suspicion of felony vandalism, saying he had spray-painted his nickname ``Ozie'' on the span before he plunged sometime before 5:45 a.
21 Supple, 73: "Silver was by far the more popular medium of exchange.
Consequently, the end result is proving promising as winemakers are already praising the 2010 vintage's fruity, supple and perfectly balanced wines, a fantastic follow-up to the exceptional 2009 vintage.
Bohemians were bright initially but were fortunate that goalkeeper Shane Supple was alert enough to make a splendid eighth minute save.
Tenders are invited for Supple of water supple deppt materials
HAMDAN AL MAKTOUM'S racing manager Angus Gold yesterday described Willie Supple as an "outstanding jockey, horseman and work rider" in the wake of Supple's retirement after a career spanning more than 25 years.
Supple turns on the style as he wins the Derrinstown Stud-sponsored handicap
SHANE SUPPLE admits he'd rather get a second shot at the SPL with Falkirk next season than play second fiddle in the English Premiership.