rough sleeper

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rough sleeper (plural rough sleepers)

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) A homeless person who sleeps outdoors.
    • 2019 June 3, Jon Henley, “'It’s a miracle': Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness”, in The Guardian[1]:
      In England, meanwhile, government figures show the number of rough sleepers – a small fraction of the total homeless population – climbed from 1,768 in 2010 to 4,677 last year (and since the official count is based on a single evening, charities say the real figure is far higher).


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