Definition of badly off in English:

badly off


  • At a disadvantage, especially by being poor.

    ‘they are not as badly off as they try to make out’
    ‘I'm not badly off—I have some money from my mother’
    • ‘‘The fact is that Scotland is not nearly as badly off as other parts of the country when it comes to asylum,’ he says.’
    • ‘We're not too badly off in the three-quarter line either.’
    • ‘Forcing more social security recipients to involuntarily seek employment would make some badly off people even worse off.’
    • ‘They are not badly off now, but by 2016, there could be 800,000 camels in the Territory!’
    • ‘They could find that they might not be that badly off if the woman decided to stay at home and mind the children and do the housework herself.’
    • ‘‘We tend to be critical of what we do and can do, but maybe results like this show we are not as badly off as we think,’ Duff said.’
    • ‘So document-wise, I'm not too badly off, either.’
    • ‘Council tax could rise by almost 15 per cent in Lewisham but residents will not be as badly off as other Londoners according to the council.’
    • ‘And Salvadore says there are others as badly off.’
    • ‘Consider first those people who are badly off: those who are suffering, or destitute, or those whose fundamental needs have not been met.’
    destitute, poverty-stricken, impoverished, indigent, penniless, insolvent, impecunious, ruined, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub together
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badly off

/ˌbadli ˈɒf/