hard up
adjective Date: 1821 1. short of money 2. poorly provided <
hard up for friends

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  • hard up — ˌhard ˈup adjective informal 1. not having enough money, especially for a short period of time: • We expected quite a bit of income from the Las Vegas project, but this has been postponed, so we re financially hard up. 2. be hard up for something …   Financial and business terms

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • hard-up — hard upˈ adjective Short of money, or of anything else (with for) • • • Main Entry: ↑hard …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard up — index impecunious, poor (underprivileged) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hard up — 1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. □ After a couple of six packs, Wally found himself a little hard up. □ The whole gang was hard up by midnight. 2. mod. in need of drugs or alcohol. □ Gert was hard up and needed a fix …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 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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