Definition of hard up in English:

hard up


  • Short of money.

    ‘I'm too hard up to buy fancy clothes’
    • ‘Virtually overnight, they were out of business and very, very hard up.’
    • ‘I have always been keen to earn money, so while I couldn't say I have ever been really hard up, it's because I have worked to make sure I'm not.’
    • ‘But, to be honest, I would have to say I've never been really hard up.’
    • ‘I was very hard up when I was at school and university.’
    • ‘It really worries me when relatives buy you something even though you know they are hard up.’
    • ‘Don't use the excuse of being hard up as a reason for not doing it.’
    • ‘I think that's probably insulting to people who are genuinely really, really hard up.’
    • ‘He could be very generous - lending money to hard up locals, or secretly dropping off a carton of groceries at someone's back door.’
    • ‘And as unreliable as official statistics are, there can be no doubt that far too many people are hard up.’
    • ‘Thankfully, I've never been truly hard up, but some of the 1980s were a bit tough.’
    poor, short of money, short of cash, impoverished, impecunious, in financial difficulties, financially embarrassed, financially distressed, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, unable to make ends meet
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hard up

/ˌhɑːd ˈʌp/