Meaning of “the cupboard is bare” in the English Dictionary

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"the cupboard is bare" in British English

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the cupboard is bare

used to say that there is no food in a house or that there is no money, etc. available:

I'd like to help you out, Paul, but I'm afraid the cupboard is bare.

(Definition of “the cupboard is bare” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)