thin on the ground
phrasal scarce 1

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • thin on the ground — Present in very small, inadequate quality or numbers • • • Main Entry: ↑thin * * * thin on the ground phrase not available in large amounts or numbers Such experienced nurses are thin on the ground. Thesaurus: words used to describe small amounts …   Useful english dictionary

  • thin on the ground — UK ► existing only in small numbers or amounts: »Good strategic leaders are very thin on the ground in UK companies. Main Entry: ↑thin …   Financial and business terms

  • thin on the ground — not available in large amounts or numbers Such experienced nurses are thin on the ground …   English dictionary

  • thin on the ground — adjective scarce, or difficult to find. Syn: deficient, infrequent, in short supply, rare, uncommon, wanting …   Wiktionary

  • be thin on the ground — British & Australian if things or people are thin on the ground, there are not many of them. Bears are getting rather thin on the ground in European forests. I get the impression work is a bit thin on the ground at the moment …   New idioms dictionary

  • be thick (or thin) on the ground — exist in large (or small) numbers or amounts. → ground …   English new terms dictionary

  • be thin on the ground — ► be thick (or thin) on the ground exist in large (or small) numbers or amounts. Main Entry: ↑ground …   English terms dictionary

  • be thin on the ground — see ground1. → thin …   English new terms dictionary

  • thick on the ground — existing or occurring in large amounts Hotels and restaurants are thick on the ground along the strip. Presidential candidates are thick on the ground this year. [=there are a lot of presidential candidates this year] • • • Main Entry: ↑thick * …   Useful english dictionary

  • be thick on the ground — often in negatives or questions british phrase if things or people are thick on the ground, there are many of them Thesaurus: to exist in large or larger amountssynonym Main entry: thick * * * I be thick (or thin) on the ground existing (or …   Useful english dictionary

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