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"hard up" in British English

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hard upadjective

uk   us   informal
having very little ​money: We're a ​bit hard up at the ​moment so we're not ​thinking about ​holidays. [before noun] hard-up ​pensioners
(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 ​sellshares 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)
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