- 缺乏的,罕见的 not much or many compared with what is wanted; hard to find; not common
deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand;
"fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"
only a very short time before;
"they could barely hear the speaker"
"we hardly knew them"
"just missed being hit"
"had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"
"would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"
- Food and fuel were scarce in this region.
- Firewood is scarce in many parts of the world.
- Food commands a higher price when it is scarce.
- As Singapore is a small island, land is scarce.
- Good fruit is scarce in winter and costs a lot.
- I could scarce believe my eyes.
- make oneself scarce
〈口〉走开,溜走go away; avoid others
Stocks fell..the exchange turned, money became scarce.出自： Disraeli