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English definition of “be hard up (for sth)”

be hard up (for sth)

to not have enough of something important or valuable: If you're so hard up for friends, why don't you join a club?Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
(Definition of be hard up (for sth) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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