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There is a scarcity of work in the region.
  shortage (an amount that is less than desired)
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scarcity scarce scarcities
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  • There is a scarcity of work in the region.
  • Work is scarce in the region.
  • The unrest lead to a scarcity of oil and thus to higher prices.
  • The economists disagree on how to allocate scarce resources.

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  • Elizabeth Bennet had been obliged, by the scarcity of gentlemen, to sit down for two dances;
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Jobs are scarce.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • Game becomes seemingly plentiful in the fall (it’s easier to see with the leaves off the brush) but in winter it gets scarce and sometimes simply nonexistent as...
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • I am scarce in breath, my lord.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • I scarce know how to put my story into words...
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • in the mountains where doctors were scarce
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved

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  • Partridge had scarce seen his master since the happy discovery.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Alan took the first watch; and it seemed to me I had scarce closed my eyes before I was shaken up to take the second.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • He couldn’t think of anyone within the splotchy knowledge of history floating in his still-scarce memories who matched that name.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • She shook her head and pointed her chin at Simon; Eric raised an eyebrow and gave Simon a Later, man clap on the shoulder before making himself scarce.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • You get to drop me off and then you make yourselves scarce till you pick me up in two hours and then we tell Hollis that we spent the afternoon running around the country.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • During the week, her father had been scarce.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The rules of scarcity govern prison life: accumulate when the opportunity presents itself, figure out what to do with your loot later.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The drugs became scarce, which prompted state correctional authorities to obtain them illegally, without complying with FDA rules that regulate the interstate sale and transfer of drugs.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Arctic hares were present; but they were very scarce and so fleet of foot that a wolf could not hope to catch one unless he was extremely lucky.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Fall was supposed to be the year’s busiest time, but travelers were scarce lately.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Still, there is a good chance that Mom made herself scarce before things got too ugly.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • But jobs were scarce.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "Is it foolishness that there’s scarce a house in this town but has a sick child in it?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I searched the ravines for several days before I found it, trees being very scarce on the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
    Scott O’Dell  --  Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Was it true that beaver were getting scarce?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • "Money’s too scarce," he continued as if he had not heard, "and folks like that are a poor risk.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • After a little while I would walk home, giving my fare to my mother, since even before the war, in my family, money was scarce.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • They make themselves scarce.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Food was scarce; days went by when we had little more than rubbery potatoes in weak broth.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • But when paper and pencils became scarce, her shop closed.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • Cloth was getting scarce, and leather, because the Continental troops needed them for clothing and shoes.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Though there was little snow, the cold came early and stayed late, and fuel was scarce.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • After this the officials began to make themselves scarce.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • In 1947 jobs were scarce, especially jobs in publishing, but a stroke of luck had landed me employment with one of the largest publishers of books, where I was made "junior editor"—a euphemism for manuscript reader.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Meat and cheese are scarce, they are rationed.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • When the tray was loaded so heavily I could scarce lift it, Madam preceded me down the hall and waited by the closed door to the library.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Or is that just for when the game is scarce?
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alan had seen some of the crew members jump into the river occasionally, and that had prompted some discussion about crocodiles, and there had been lectures then and after about how rare attacks were, how they had no interest in human flesh unless the water was very low, unless there were extraordinary conditions and their usual food sources were scarce or gone.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The other servants make themselves scarce, moving to an elevated platform surrounded by sheer curtains.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Even before the Quarter Quell, people were starting to stock up on scarce supplies.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He wanted to give her some hope, no matter how scarce.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • No, there warn’t no real scarcity of snakes about the house for a considerable spell.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • But news was really scarce, except for the part some members of the media invented.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • With the scarcity of water, they may even have had to return to the lake for refills.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The water grew scarce, water was to be bought, five cents, ten cents, fifteen cents a gallon.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • And good boots are scarce.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • If they are caught inside, it will be hard to escape, but they count on the scarcity of migra checkpoints in northern Mexico.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Money’s too scarce nowadays to waste it on lawsuits afterwards.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Wes found another option: he decided to make himself scarce.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Newspapers as scarce as hen’s teeth, and a literacy rate made to match.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
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