adjective, scarcer, scarcest.
insufficient to satisfy the need or demand; not abundant:
Meat and butter were scarce during the war.
seldom met with; rare:
a scarce book.
make oneself scarce, Informal.

to depart, especially suddenly.
to stay away; avoid.

rarely encountered
insufficient to meet the demand
(informal) make oneself scarce, to go away, esp suddenly
(archaic or literary) scarcely
In addition to the idiom beginning with scarce


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