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]
What Is “GOP” Short For?The Republican party has a lot of history. Its origins are interesting in their own right, but one particular part of the party's history is its nickname: the GOP. Where did this nickname come from and what in the world does it mean?
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