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used in The Poisonwood Bible

4 uses
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shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
  • Newspapers as scarce as hen's teeth, and a literacy rate made to match.
    Book 2 — Revelation (83% in)
  • I happen to think Axelroot could get us some food too, if he tried, but he has been making himself scarce for months now, supposedly because he's on some top-secret mission.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (30% in)
  • Leah did at least have the brains to make herself scarce.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (42% in)
  • I've never actually seen any of these in original editions, but back in the days when print was scarce, only one printing of the Bible was widespread at any given time, and people knew it by heart.
    Book 6 — Song of the Children (97% in)

There are no more uses of "scarcity" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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