hard up

adjective

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

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PoliticsJohn Cox, CA’s top GOP candidate for governor, is hard up for... Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "John Cox, California governor candidate, says business background a big boost," 9 July 2018 An outside offer of the full midlevel could still potentially trump a return offer from the Heat, who are hard up against the punitive dollar-for-dollar luxury tax. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "NBA free-agency money dries up, so might Heat trade options," 3 July 2018 Apparently, people who rent airplanes are just as hard up as country club members. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "10 Arizona laws that actually exist: Private armies, food-wasting ban, windshield repairs," 27 June 2018 There are also holograms, too, if management is especially hard up for cash. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Why are your favorite rockers retiring?," 14 Mar. 2018 There are also holograms, too, if management is especially hard up for cash. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Why are your favorite rockers retiring?," 14 Mar. 2018 There are also holograms, too, if management is especially hard up for cash. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Why are your favorite rockers retiring?," 14 Mar. 2018 There are also holograms, too, if management is especially hard up for cash. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Why are your favorite rockers retiring?," 14 Mar. 2018 There are also holograms, too, if management is especially hard up for cash. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Why are your favorite rockers retiring?," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hard up

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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