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English definition of “hard up”

hard up

adjective     informal
( UK also hard-up) having very little money : It is not only pensioners in villages who are hard up. Three hard-up governments are preparing to sell shares in state-owned assets in the next two weeks .
be hard up (for sth) to not have enough of something important or valuable : They're hard up for options because of their financial troubles .
(Definition of hard up adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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