Meaning of “hard up” in the English Dictionary

"hard up" in British English

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hard upadjective

uk /ˌhɑːd ˈʌp/ us /ˌhɑːrd ˈʌp/ informal

having very little money:

We're a bit hard up at the moment so we're not thinking about holidays.

(Definition of “hard up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hard up" in Business English

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hard upadjective

uk us 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)