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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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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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Brian Ellison, trainer of Mixed Message She's been winning only sellers but she's done it in good style and we have a good jockey in Willie Supple.
But with a heavy sod and an ice cold wind expected in Tullamore, Supple isn't predicting anything but a low scoring war of attrition.
Dubai Former UAE champion jockey Willie Supple grabbed the chance to shine at his favourite hunting ground, the Jebel Ali Racecourse, and turned on the style to thrill the crowd on the opening day of the 2010/ 2011 UAE racing season yesterday.
Supple said: "I'm waiting to hear from Ipswich but I don't want to be sitting on the sidelines again and there are rumours the gaffer is after somebody.
Loan star Supple, who hopes to start tonight against Hearts and would consider a permanent Bairns switch, admits he endured a frustrating time as No.
The twist concept highlights the benefits of our products in keeping joints supple in a way that will help attract new consumers to the category.
The action asking for the will to be declared a forgery was brought by Stephen Supple, 58, who was left nothing in the will allegedly signed by his father, Leonard.
Spa manager Tina Mackay and leisure sales manager Mike Supple get into training for their new roles.
Then Morgan linked up with Rowan Vine down the left, but more bravery from Supple saved the day.
As everybody's grandmother always told them, taking cod liver oil every day before the winter comes can help joints stay supple and flexible.
Willie Supple took the riding honours at Ripon yesterday thanks to wins gained in contrasting fashion on Dancer's Serenade and Partners In Jazz.
Willie Supple rode to a 71-1 double on Dancer's Serenade and Partners In Jazz.
Willie Supple took the riding honours thanks to a 71-1 double on Dancer's Serenade and Partners In Jazz.
But the company has abided by the court's declaration and has moved to pay the amount of the award, Supple said.
Frozen in Time Ice Cream Shop will be operated by the Supple Restaurant Group, the Oshkosh-based company that also operates Fratello's Presto and the Meat Packing Company, two of the Lambeau Field Atrium Eateries.