thick/thin on the ground

thin on the ground

Not plentiful or abundant; scarce. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. That type of bird is thin on the ground these days—I hope it's not going extinct.
See also: ground, on, thin

thick on the ground

BRITISH
If people or things are thick on the ground, there are a lot of them. As buyers are not thick on the ground at the moment, this could be a good time to get a good deal. Jobs are not exactly thick on the ground in these parts.
See also: ground, on, thick

thin on the ground

BRITISH
COMMON If people or things are thin on the ground, there are very few of them. Good players are thin on the ground and clubs are having to recruit abroad. Yacht facilities are a bit thin on the ground in the remote Falkland Islands.
See also: ground, on, thin

thick (or thin) on the ground

existing (or not existing) in large numbers or amounts.
See also: ground, on, thick

thick/thin on the ˈground

(British English) if people or things are thick/thin on the ground, there are a lot/not many of them in a place: Customers are thin on the ground at this time of year.Good science teachers are thin on the ground.
See also: ground, on, thick, thin