hard up

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, by extension) Desperate.
    Dating him? She must be hard up.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: на мели́

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