sleep rough

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sleep rough

To sleep outside at night, usually because one has no home or shelter. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The government's aim is to have the number of people sleeping rough halved in five years' time. I slept rough for a couple of years after my house was repossessed. It's not something I would wish on anyone.
See also: rough, sleep
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And for people who are drug-free, people in recovery or young vulnerable people, I tell them not to go near the place, sleep rough.
No one should be forced to sleep rough, especially if they've asked for help.
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy was last night aiming to beat his brother's record as the youngest child to sleep rough in a charity drive.
I will sleep rough for a week, scrounge for my food, access the services that other homeless individuals use," he said.
Cllr Ann O'Byrne, Liverpool's cabinet member for housing, said: "There may be many reasons why someone might sleep rough for one night, but less understandable that in Britain in this day and age that someone sleeps out for a second night.
Earlier this month, homeless charity Llamau organised the Sleep Out event which saw 66 people sleep rough to highlight the plight of homeless people.
The group will bed down in Floodgate Street to get a truthful taste of what it is like to sleep rough as part of the Big Sleep Out event.
It seems strange in this day and age that the democratic system of Government in a country founded on the principles of fairness and humanity seems content to allow an epileptic man who is also registered blind to sleep rough in a park.
Armed with just a sleeping bag and a woolly hat, Penny Walker, 58, is choosing to sleep rough during the fortnight of Coventry Peace Festival to highlight the issue of homelessness.
At the board meeting Cllr Mark Pritchard, lead member for housing and planning, said: "It is difficult to believe that in the 21st century people in Wrexham are having to sleep rough through circumstance rather than choice.
I doubt if people who really have to sleep rough have a great time so I like to think that we experienced just a fraction of what they go through every night.
The committee is undertaking a policy review into youth homelessness, and I really wanted to get first-hand experience of what it is like to sleep rough,' she said.
The Homeless Agency wants to spend thousands of taxpayer's euro on the art project - while thousands sleep rough on Dublin's streets.
He was forced to sleep rough in London as he chased his failed dream of becoming a teenage rock star.
Eleven of the team from St Bede's RC Primary School at Stockton will sleep rough for the night to raise funds to fight homelessness and poverty across Teesside.