hard up

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hard up (comparative more hard up, superlative most hard up)

  1. (colloquial) Lacking money, impecunious, in financial difficulties.
    • 1886, Jerome K. Jerome, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, On being hard up
      I can speak with authority on the subject of being hard up. I have been a provincial actor. If further evidence be required, which I do not think likely, []
  2. (colloquial) Lacking anything.
    We were hard up for amusements.
  3. (colloquial) Desperate.
    Dating him? She must be hard up.

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