Definition of hard up in English:

hard up

informal Short of money: I’m too hard up to buy fancy clothes
More example sentences
  • He could be very generous - lending money to hard up locals, or secretly dropping off a carton of groceries at someone's back door.
  • It really worries me when relatives buy you something even though you know they are hard up.
  • I have always been keen to earn money, so while I couldn't say I have ever been really hard up, it's because I have worked to make sure I'm not.
Synonyms
poor, short of money, badly off, impoverished, impecunious, in reduced circumstances, unable to make ends meet; penniless, destitute, poverty-stricken
informal broke, strapped for cash, strapped
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