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rationing

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrationingra‧tion‧ing /ˈræʃənɪŋ/ noun [uncountable]  when the amount of food, petrol etc that people are allowed to have is limited by the governmentfuel/clothes/food etc rationing News of bread rationing created panic buying.
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rationingShe came to the throne after a decade of war and rationing.If credit rationing has been in force, then a relaxation of controls will increase borrowing and spending.Among other privations, energy rationing had been introduced for the first time in the capital, Havana, in mid-April.The method was harsh, but brought a 17 percent drop in retail prices and an end to formal rationing.It was just a brief spell of ownership; the war meant petrol rationing.The first supermarket appeared in 1955, with the end of wartime rationing.I did a good trade, but I gave it all up when rationing came in.fuel/clothes/food etc rationingBecause of clothes rationing, fashion was abandoned but vanity not totally so.
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