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 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, "The Implausibility of an “Explosive” Economic Rebound by November," 28 May 2020 Accelerating hard up to those speeds led to many complaints in the Insight's logbook. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Our 2019 Honda Insight Touring Is Memorable, Just Not for Its Looks," 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, "Preston: With Lamar Jackson at the helm, there’s nothing the Ravens can’t do," 1 Dec. 2019 Chubb, making people miss and running hard up the middle, gets 6. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks rally from deficit, defeat the Cleveland Browns: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 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, "Trading water for cash along the Colorado River," 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, "A wave of great jazz singers is headed for the Bay Area," 17 July 2019 She's worked tremendously hard up to this point with very little recognition. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "The Black Design Collective Pays Tribute to Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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