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hard up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhard upˌhard ˈup adjective  1 POORif you are hard up, you do not have much money I’m a bit hard up at the moment.2 not having something that you want or need ‘How about a date with Tom?’ ‘No, thanks, I’m not that hard up.’hard up for The media are obviously hard up for stories.
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hard upScott was pretty hard up, so I lent him $20.hard up forWe were so hard up for entertainment we sat outside counting the cars go by.
From Longman Business Dictionaryhard upˌhard ˈup adjective informal1not having enough money, especially for a short period of timeWe expected quite a bit of income from the Las Vegas project, but this has been postponed, so we’re financially hard up.2be hard up for something to not have enough of something for a particular period of time, especially workThe media are obviously hard up for stories because they seem interested in this very ordinary case.
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