caught short


: not having enough of something
Make sure you stock up on supplies before you set out on your trip. Don't be caught short!
British, informal : having a sudden urge to use the toilet

Examples of caught short in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Combining derivative creation in a new asset class with high leverage multiples can create a situation that can leave investors caught short in times of market uncertainty or downturns. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 New deals from the country had already been drying up as traders didn’t want to risk getting caught short of the agreement’s deadline, said Matt Ammermann, commodity risk manager at StoneX. Megan Durisin, Áine Quinn and Daryna Krasnolutska, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Oct. 2022 But don’t get caught short in October— subscribe to WIRED here at a fantastic discount. Steven Levy, Wired, 11 Sep. 2020 Even companies that planned for an omicron-like event have been caught short, calling for some radical — and costly— measures to keep the flow going. Time, 8 Jan. 2022 Health and Human Services was caught short on bed space in licensed state facilities, partly, because of the pandemic and social distancing requirements. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2021 Some fans were caught short by the stadium’s strict, and apparently last-minute, bag policy — forcing them to either take their purses back to their cars or check their bags. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 Others are ordering extra now to avoid being caught short if the talks flag, which only adds to strain on the system. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2022 Southwest has blamed bad weather, but the airline appeared to be caught short on staffing. David Koenig, Chron, 27 Aug. 2021

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“Caught short.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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