be stretched thin

be stretched thin
be stretched thin
to not have enough money, people, supplies, etc. to operate, do a job, or provide what is needed: »

Without more money, the programs would be stretched thin.

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In the current economic climate, doctors and nurses are stretched thin and equipment is lacking in many of the clinics.

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  • thin — [θɪn] adjective JOURNALISM if trading on a financial market is thin, there is not much activity: • Trade was thin in the currency markets yesterday, heading into a Japanese long weekend. * * * thin UK US /θɪn/ adjective (thinner, thinnest) ►… …   Financial and business terms

  • thin — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} verb Thin is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ozone, ↑traffic Thin is used with these nouns as the object: ↑rank {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} adj. 1 of solid things: not thick VERBS ▪ be, feel …   Collocations dictionary

  • Thin — Thin, a. [Compar. {Thiner}; superl. {Thinest}.] [OE. thinne, thenne, thunne, AS. [thorn]ynne; akin to D. dun, G. d[ u]nn, OHG. dunni, Icel. [thorn]unnr, Sw. tunn, Dan. tynd, Gael. & Ir. tana, W. teneu, L. tenuis, Gr. ? (in comp.) stretched out, ? …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thin section — Thin Thin, a. [Compar. {Thiner}; superl. {Thinest}.] [OE. thinne, thenne, thunne, AS. [thorn]ynne; akin to D. dun, G. d[ u]nn, OHG. dunni, Icel. [thorn]unnr, Sw. tunn, Dan. tynd, Gael. & Ir. tana, W. teneu, L. tenuis, Gr. ? (in comp.) stretched… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thin — [adj1] fine, light, slender attenuate, attenuated, beanpole*, beanstalk*, bony*, cadaverous, delicate, emaciated, ethereal, featherweight, fragile, gangling, gangly, gaunt, haggard, lank, lanky, lean, lightweight, meager, narrow, peaked, pinched …   New thesaurus

  • thin — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. slender, lean, narrow (see narrowness); watery, weak, di luted; attenuated; faint, dim, threadlike; fine, delicate; poor, lame (as an excuse); flimsy, sheer, filmy. See rarity, weakness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • thin — [OE] Thin denotes etymologically ‘stretched’. It goes back ultimately to the Indo European base *ten ‘stretch’, which also produced Latin tenuis ‘thin’ (source of English tenuous) and Latin tendere ‘stretch’ (source of English tend, tense, etc).… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • thin — [OE] Thin denotes etymologically ‘stretched’. It goes back ultimately to the Indo European base *ten ‘stretch’, which also produced Latin tenuis ‘thin’ (source of English tenuous) and Latin tendere ‘stretch’ (source of English tend, tense, etc).… …   Word origins

  • stretch — [stretʆ] verb 1. [transitive] FINANCE if something stretches an amount of money or a supply of something, it uses it up so you have hardly enough for your needs: • Our finances are stretched to the limit. 2. [intransitive, transitive] FINAN …   Financial and business terms

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