Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

run (short/low) on

run short onrun low on
Meaning(s)
1) to be almost used up or to approach having none of something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • run short/low on food/money/patience
  • Analysis
    To 'run short on' something or to 'run low on something' means to have almost used up a supply of something or that there is only a small amount of something left. "We are running low on coffee, can you get some on the way home?" "I am running short on money this month, I have had a lot of expenses." 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. We're running short on milk. Can you run out and get some?
    2. I'm running low on energy today. I think I need a protein shake.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm running short on ideas. Do you have anything to add?
    2. We've run low on printer paper. Did you order more?
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