One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Exist in large (or small) numbers or amounts.‘good men are thin on the ground’
rare, few and far between, scarce, seldom found, seldom seenView synonyms
- ‘Good pharmaceutical investments are thin on the ground.’
- ‘These people are quite exceptionally brave, but are still very thin on the ground.’
- ‘Sympathy for what he himself has overcome since last August is strangely thin on the ground.’
- ‘No wonder public support is so thin on the ground.’
- ‘Parents however were thin on the ground except for the usual dedicated few.’
- ‘They say the streets are becoming no-go areas at night, with yobs causing mayhem and police already too thin on the ground to tackle the problem.’
- ‘Others argue that allied troops are too thin on the ground to make any difference.’
- ‘This is the trouble when your favourite author's dead; I've read everything and his current output is pretty thin on the ground.’
- ‘They probably exist, but they're not exactly thick on the ground.’
- ‘As you can see, my sympathies were thin on the ground.’
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