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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.
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