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.