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hard to come by

Meaning: If something is hard to come by, it is difficult to find.

For example:

  • A good cheap hotel is hard to come by in London these days.

  • Good jobs in the airline industy have been hard to come by recently.

Quick Quiz:

Collectible stamps that are hard to come by are generally more expensive than those that are
  1. more common
  2. very rare
  3. already used

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