Wealthy people could afford to choose scarce antiques.
She made herself scarce.
Rain is very scarce, but the canals supply ample water for cultivation and all other purposes.
Good water is everywhere so scarce that but for the rain preserved in cisterns the country would be mostly uninhabitable.
The soil is thus very productive, although water is scarce and bad.
194), from some of its tail-feathers obtained by him, and he suggested that it was one of the Cuculidae, possibly belonging to the genus Centropus, but he added that it was becoming scarce, and that no example had been seen for many years.
Smith, writing in the Philosophical Transactions for 1683-1684, says of the Turks (p. 439), "They have no genius for Seavoyages, and consequently are very raw and unexperienced in the art of Navigation, scarce venturing to sail out of sight of land.
But it is in the colder northern regions that they are found in the greatest numbers and with the best fur or underwool, the top hair, which, with the exception of the scarce and very rich dark brown specimens they have in common with most aquatic animals, is pulled out before the skins are manufactured.
Marble appears to have been scarce, and was sparingly employed.
But they've been very scarce for a few years and we usually have to be content with elephants or buffaloes, answered the creature, in a regretful tone.
Books were very scarce and very precious, and only a few men could read them.
When whale oil got scarce and went up in price, the market made cheap kerosene for lighting.
To be readily accepted as money, items must be nearly universally regarded as valuable (think of gold), be scarce, be difficult to counterfeit, and finally, be easy to transport, measure, and exchange.
Water isn't scarce either; we have had the same amount forever.
First, many things in the physical world that we think of as scarce are not really scarce, just presently beyond our ability to capture.
And third, because most of those things' costs are bound up with the costs of energy, then if clean energy is no longer scarce or expensive—if it is, instead, free and abundant—the impact on the planet will be profound.
But I expect that technology and free enterprise will take us across a threshold where things formerly regarded as scarce will not be so any more.
We will know it is coming when formerly scarce items, such as commodities, fall in price.
It was not that they knew that much food and fresh troops awaited them in Smolensk, nor that they were told so (on the contrary their superior officers, and Napoleon himself, knew that provisions were scarce there), but because this alone could give them strength to move on and endure their present privations.