Thin on the ground

thin on the ground meaning

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Such experienced IT developers are thin on the ground‘.

This wonderful expression that I’ve heard many times means that something is scarce, something of which there is not enough. A similar phrase springs to mind though – hard to come by.

Let’s have a look at their uses:

– In recent years it has kept architecture magazines drip-fed with self-consciously iconic projects of the kind that has been thin on the ground since the recession (The Guardian).

– American lifestyle survey finds ‘new men’ thin on the ground (The Guardian).

– Work is thin on the ground so Pete gets a job in a chicken packing factory (

– Free hotel wifi is hard to come by (BBC).


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