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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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The change boosted gasoline supply but at a significant environmental cost.
Underinvestment in downstream capacity accounts for perhaps a further 30 percent of the supply constraint.
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Adopting the commercial business model of supply chain management necessitated some transformation within the agency, including reorganizing into customer and supplier teams, implementing a state-of-the-art enterprise resource planning system, concentrating on enterprise process management and process improvements, and establishing supply chain metrics for internal performance and financial accountability.
The most recent Consultation Paper reports on the current status of the review of the place of supply of services rules and outlines the framework in which the work has progressed.
if the nonresident supplier is registered for the GST and the supply is deemed by subparagraph 142(1)(c)(i) to be made in Canada, the tax will be collected by the supplier; or
AGA Gas Inc, Cleveland, OH Aluminium Pechiney-Affimet, 101 Route de Choisy-B P #809, Compiene, 60208-(334)485-4500 Brandt Equipment & Supply Co, Fort Worth, TX Consolidated Ceramic Prod Inc, Blanchestser, OH Dynarad Corp, 575 Whitney St, San Leandro, CA 94577 (415)638-2000 Foseco Canada Inc, Guelph, Ont The C M Kemp Mfg Co, Glen Burnie, MD Leybold Technologies, Enfield, CT Permatech Inc, 911 E Elm St, Graham, NC 27253 (919)578-0701 Readin Foundry Products, PO Box 416, Exton, PA 19341 (215)436-4300 Rice Industries Inc, Shoreview, MN
Oracle is redefining the supply chain software landscape by delivering proven supply chain collaboration software as an online service," said Don Klaiss, senior vice president Manufacturing and Supply Chain Application Development, Oracle Corp.
Definite supply problems are forecasted with gray iron castings in the 050 lb and 51-150 lb weight ranges in the medium- to high-quantity production categories.
Optiant's vision is to enable our customers to make strategic and intelligent decisions across their global supply chain," said Jonathan Colehower, CEO of Optiant.
military's transportation and supply systems was well under way before Operation Iraqi Freedom, explained Army Maj.
Producing below "full potential," in our humble understanding, denotes weak supply.