run thin

idiom

: to become less than the usual, original, or needed number or amount
I'd been waiting almost an hour, and my patience was running thin.

Examples of run thin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The schedule disruptions are severe enough that staffing is starting to run thin across airlines, while de-icing fluid was also in short supply Tuesday, Harteveldt added. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 16 Jan. 2024 But patience has run thin even in that coalition of fans; since 1999 when Snyder purchased the team, the franchise has reached the playoffs six times, going 160-216-1 in the regular season. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2022 Ownership’s patience has run thin after six years of losing. Dallas News, 17 Aug. 2022 But like any love story, the line between romance and obsession can run thin. Nick Romano, EW.com, 14 Apr. 2022 The remaining entertainments, even for a man of wealth, run thin. Georgia Garvey, chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2021

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“Run thin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run%20thin. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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