short rations

Definition of short rations

:a very small amount of food that is given to one person or animal for one day
  • The prisoners were kept on short rations.

Word by Word Definitions

short play
  1. : having little length

  2. : not tall or high : low

  3. : not extended in time : brief

  1. : in a curt manner

  2. : for or during a brief time

  3. : at a disadvantage : unawares

  1. : the sum and substance : upshot

  2. : a short syllable

  3. : a short sound or signal

  1. : short-circuit

  2. : shortchange, cheat

  3. : to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices

ration play rations
  1. : a food allowance for one day

  2. : food, provisions

  3. : a share especially as determined by supply

  1. : to supply with or put on rations

  2. : to distribute as rations

  3. : to distribute equitably


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