be thin on the ground

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.


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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

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

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

  • thin on the ground — phrasal scarce 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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

  • 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

  • be thick on the ground — British & Australian be thin on the ground if things or people are thin on the ground, there are not many of them. Traditional English pubs are thick on the ground in this area …   New idioms dictionary

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