hard up


Definition of hard up

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

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 The Point: Democrats are hard up for positive news in advance of the 2022 midterms. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Our good friend has been working hard up at Harvard this semester, and also providing Alabama with his football expertise back at home. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2021 But already hard up again the luxury tax, that does not appear to be an option, almost assuredly to open the regular season with 14. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Again, at the moment there is no room at the inn, with the Heat hard up against the luxury tax. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Aug. 2021 In Pittsburgh, Pens fans were so hard up for an excuse for the 5-4 opening loss that there were bitter complaints that Taylor's ultralong anthem took the life out of the home crowd. Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 People must have been hard up for entertainment 100 years ago. Celia Storey, Arkansas Online, 14 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 See More

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First Known Use of hard up

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hard up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20up. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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