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

sleep rough

BRITISH
When people sleep rough, they sleep out of doors, usually because they have no home. It makes me so sad when I see young people begging or sleeping rough on the streets. Note: You can also say that someone lives rough. He looked like he'd been living rough for the last few days.
See also: rough, sleep

sleep rough

sleep in uncomfortable conditions, usually out of doors. British
See also: rough, sleep

live/sleep ˈrough

live or sleep outside in the streets because you have no home or money: Hundreds of people are sleeping rough on the streets of the city.
See also: live, rough, sleep
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Why sleep rough on a pitch with under soil heating?
Now, whether people choose to sleep rough in a remote, damp and draughty cave, rather than in a doorway, because they don't want to be in the eye of the authorities, is no doubt a debatable point, but it's something worth considering.
Wales has made big steps forward in tackling homelessness in recent years and we are ready to work closely with Welsh Government to ensure people who have to sleep rough can get into a suitable home as early as possible.
We have failed as a society when so many people are forced to sleep rough.
Over the last five years, we have seen an increasing number of people who are at risk of rough sleeping and we are working hard to provide support to prevent anyone having to sleep rough.
Attention has focused on the plight of people forced to sleep rough following tragic deaths in the city.
NO-ONE should be forced to sleep rough this Christmas, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy claimed yesterday ahead of the opening of a new shelter.
While every effort is made to ensure that no-one rough sleeps during severe weather people do sometimes choose not to accept our offer of accommodation and choose to sleep rough.
I drove home thinking of all the people who would have to sleep rough again that night and the night after, who knows for how long.
However, individuals who sleep rough often have enormously complex issues and in some circumstances choose not to access our accommodation, instead sleeping rough for many years.
REDCAR and Cleveland Mayor Barry Hunt warrants praise for saying he is going to sleep rough on Redcar High Street on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Night (Gazette, 12.
Sport Relief volunteers comedian Nick Hancock, TV presenter Julia Bradbury (inset), former snooker player Willie Thorne and celebrity cleaner Kim Woodburn have agreed to sleep rough on the streets of London to experience the harsh reality of homelessness in the UK.
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.
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.