in short supply
Not enough; in too small a quantity or amount; in less than the amount or number needed.
The cookies are in short supply, so don't eat them all up.
We have five people and only four beds, so the beds are in short supply.
in the short run
over the short haul
In the immediate future.
We are leasing a car in the short run; later we might buy one.
long and short of it
The essence; the whole story in a nutshell.
The long and short of it is that he is lazy and doesn't really want to find a job.
make a long story short
To summarize a lengthy narrative.
"So, to make a long story short," he said, "I made a killing on the stock market."
make short work of
To finish rapidly.
The cat made short work of the baby rabbit.
Tim was anxious to get to the movies so he made short work of his homework.
nothing short of
Absolutely; thoroughly; completely.
Olivier's performance in Hamlet was nothing short of magnificent.
pull up short
To suddenly stop.
He pulled up short in his red car at the corner when he saw a pregnant lady crossing.
When Mark saw that he was hurting Jill's feelings, he pulled up short and started to talk about something entirely different.
To not have enough.
Bob asked Jack to lend him five dollars because he was running short.
We are running short of sugar.
To be not enough in quantity.
We are out of potatoes and the flour is running short.