Use something up so that a supply runs out or becomes insufficient, as in We ran short of envelopes, or The organization is running short of money. [Mid-1700s]
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How to use run short in a sentence
How does a country—an entire country of 28 million people—run short of toilet paper?
Whether the defenders had run short of bullets or courage, I did not know.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks | Max Brooks | January 14, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Matt and Meredith had pawned her off on Natalie Morales and the segment had run short.
So the days flew by, and the time came when sugar—the seaman's luxury in winter—began to run short.The Chequers | James Runciman
Provisions began to run short, and it became necessary to fight even for the free passage of cows out of Lecale.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
Fibers which enter the fibrous mass from cells and run short distances up and down.
At the bottom are six sacks of corn, for it may be that forage will run short.Under Wellington's Command | G. A. Henty
This is a common practice among the Indians, particularly when they have run short of gunpowder.Hudson Bay | R.M. Ballantyne