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be in short supply

To be scarce. Those toys have been 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

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 (someone or something) with (someone or something)

To furnish, equip, or provide someone or something with one or more people or things. This company supplies the entire region with electricity. I can supply you with all the workers you need to get this build finished in time.
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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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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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Alan Rowe, 42, of Kingsheath Avenue, Dovecot - three counts of supplying heroin, offering to supply heroin and possession of cannabis - sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
Mark Richardson, 43, of Calgarth Road, Huyton - three counts of supplying heroin - sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
In addition to supplying prescription medications, the wholesaler should be able to supply your residents with low-cost, reimbursable items such as high-quality shampoo, toothpaste and incontinence products.
For instance, rooftop rainwater harvesting is currently utilized in 34 percent of Palestinians houses, supplying at least 10 MCM of fresh water for domestic use.
There is also extensive national experience with supplying large volumes of pharmaceuticals during disasters such as floods and hurricanes.
LeFauve: And don't forget all the labor costs involved in purchasing, supplying, and engineering.
c) If a lump-sum price is a prerequisite, how is the Canadian registrant supplying the installation service (Install Co.) to U.S.
Assuming that no special rules apply to the transactions (e.g., A is not supplying capital personal property, i.e., old equipment, which immediately before the sale is used otherwise than primarily in A's commercial activities), all of the supplies would be treated as taxable supplies.