run (short/low) on

Meaning(s)

1. to be almost used up or to approach having none of something

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run short/low on food/money/patience

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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." 

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  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.

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  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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in the long run

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