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    hard up/broke

    Hi

    Is the meaning of "hard up" the same as "broke"?

    I'm hard up/I'm broke


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    Re: hard up/broke

    In my opinion, they are slightly different. "Hard up" means short of money, not having much money but still having some. "Broke" means having no money.

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    Re: hard up/broke

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In my opinion, they are slightly different. "Hard up" means short of money, not having much money but still having some. "Broke" means having no money.
    I agree. I think it could mean no money, but doesn't imply that. It implies you just don't have enough money for what you need. Also, 'I'm broke' is always referencing money, but you can be hard up for things other than money. I've heard of being hard up for money, a job, friendship/friends, love, sex, a cigarette, and maybe a few other things.


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: hard up/broke

    There's an idiom meaning' hard up' - which I feel is less and less used now; perhaps its only used in some dialects of Br Eng: 'to be on your uppers'. The uppers are the top part of a shoe. If you wear through the sole you are walking on your uppers (the edges of the uppers that wrap round under the foot).

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    PS I'm not sure that this is common enough to deserve a place in the UE idioms list. With the advent of welded soles, it's less meaningful anyway. When you wear through a sole you're 'on your socks' (not an idiom ). The UE list does have On the ropes - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com (a boxing related metaphor, and not referring just to money) and On the skids - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com .

    PPS Rhyming Slang: 'Boracic' (for 'Boracic Lint'/skint). 'Skint' is more informal than 'broke' (which itself is fairly informal).
    Last edited by BobK; 08-May-2012 at 19:40. Reason: Add PPS

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