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be at a premium

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe at a premiumbe at a premiumAVAILABLEif something is at a premium, people need it or want it, but there is little of it available or it is difficult to get During the Olympic Games, accommodation will be at a premium.space/time is at a premium Foldaway furniture is the answer where space is at a premium. premium
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space/time is at a premiumThey are slow and inappropriate, especially if time is at a premium as is most often the case.
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