hard up


Definition of hard up

1 : short of money
2 : poorly provided hard up for friends

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Examples of hard up in a Sentence

despite being undeniably hard up, they had too much pride to accept charity
Recent Examples on the Web Just slam those babies hard up against my nose and my worries are over. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 11 June 2021 Their efforts beautified what would’ve otherwise been an empty lot, and provided a pantry for immigrants and working-class folks hard up for fresh food. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 And what about the workers who will remain unemployed—those who won’t snap back to work because the businesses that employed them collapsed and because many of the ones left will be too hard up to hire again anytime soon? Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 28 May 2020 Accelerating hard up to those speeds led to many complaints in the Insight's logbook. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 20 Mar. 2020 On Sunday, the 49ers gouged the Ravens defense by running the ball and stymied Jackson by having their defensive ends and outside linebackers push hard up the field horizontally, making Jackson bow outside more on runs. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 1 Dec. 2019 Chubb, making people miss and running hard up the middle, gets 6. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2019 The municipality, hard up against the Colorado River’s western bank, is surrounded on three sides by cropland. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 20 Aug. 2019 These tropes are resistant to the facts on the ground, where the art form is hale and hearty (albeit a little hard up for cash), but one formerly common narrative of decline has largely disappeared in the face of incontrovertible strength. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of hard up

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jun 2021

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“Hard up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20up. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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