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scarcity
used in Moby Dick

13 uses
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shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
  • However, a good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; the more's the pity.
    Chapters 4-6 — The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (52% in)
  • In black distress, I called my God, When I could scarce believe him mine, He bowed his ear to my complaints— No more the whale did me confine.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (39% in)
  • He goes down in the whirling heart of such a masterless commotion that he scarce heeds the moment when he drops seething into the yawning jaws awaiting him; and the whale shoots-to all his ivory teeth, like so many white bolts, upon his prison.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (81% in)
  • He looked neither one way nor the other way, but sat like a carved image with scarce a sign of active life.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (72% in)
  • But were the coming narrative to reveal in any instance, the complete abasement of poor Starbuck's fortitude, scarce might I have the heart to write it; for it is a thing most sorrowful, nay shocking, to expose the fall of valour in the soul.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (35% in)
  • In those times, also, spermaceti was exceedingly scarce, not being used for light, but only as an ointment and medicament.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (37% in)
  • When, as I opine, in the course of time, the true nature of spermaceti became known, its original name was still retained by the dealers; no doubt to enhance its value by a notion so strangely significant of its scarcity.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (38% in)
  • Whales are scarce as hen's teeth whenever thou art up here."
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (60% in)
  • In sum, gentlemen, what the wildness of this canal life is, is emphatically evinced by this; that our wild whale-fishery contains so many of its most finished graduates, and that scarce any race of mankind, except Sydney men, are so much distrusted by our whaling captains.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (58% in)
  • He was a little frisky; though as yet his body seemed scarce yet recovered from that irksome position it had so lately occupied in the maternal reticule; where, tail to head, and all ready for the final spring, the unborn whale lies bent like a Tartar's bow.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (85% in)
  • Toes are scarce among veteran blubber-room men.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (36% in)
  • In merchantmen, oil for the sailor is more scarce than the milk of queens.
    Chapters 97-99 — The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (2% in)
  • Yet the voice spake true; for scarce had he pushed from the ship, when numbers of sharks, seemingly rising from out the dark waters beneath the hull, maliciously snapped at the blades of the oars, every time they dipped in the water; and in this way accompanied the boat with their bites.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (73% in)

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