Hard up
Hard Hard, adv. [OE. harde, AS. hearde.] 1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly. [1913 Webster]

And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

My father Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard. [1913 Webster]

3. Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. So as to raise difficulties. ``The question is hard set.'' --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

5. With tension or strain of the powers; violently; with force; tempestuously; vehemently; vigorously; energetically; as, to press, to blow, to rain hard; hence, rapidly; nimbly; as, to run hard. [1913 Webster]

6. Close or near. [1913 Webster]

Whose house joined hard to the synagogue. --Acts xviii. 7. [1913 Webster]

{Hard by}, {near by}; close at hand; not far off. ``Hard by a cottage chimney smokes.'' --Milton.

{Hard pushed}, {Hard run}, greatly pressed; as, he was hard pushed or hard run for time, money, etc. [Colloq.]

{Hard up}, closely pressed by want or necessity; without money or resources; as, hard up for amusements. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

Note: Hard in nautical language is often joined to words of command to the helmsman, denoting that the order should be carried out with the utmost energy, or that the helm should be put, in the direction indicated, to the extreme limit, as, Hard aport! Hard astarboard! Hard alee! Hard aweather! Hard up! Hard is also often used in composition with a participle; as, hard-baked; hard-earned; hard-featured; hard-working; hard-won. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hard up — adj 1.) if you are hard up, you do not have much money ▪ I m a bit hard up at the moment. 2.) not having something that you want or need ▪ How about a date with Tom? No, thanks, I m not that hard up. hard up for ▪ The media are obviously hard up… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard up — adjective INFORMAL not having much money a. not having enough of something: Some of the schools are pretty hard up for teachers …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hard up — If you are hard up, you have very little money …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • hard up — ► hard up informal short of money. Main Entry: ↑hard …   English terms dictionary

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  • hard up — adj. (colloq.) ( in need of ) hard up for (they are hard up for new ideas) * * * [ˌhɑːd ʌp] (colloq.) ( in need of) hard up for (they are hard up for new ideas) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hard up — also hard up ADJ GRADED If you are hard up, you have very little money. [INFORMAL] Her parents were very hard up. Ant: well off …   English dictionary

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