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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.
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The charity says its service is a "vital safety net" for those sleeping rough who are either ineligible for, or too vulnerable to enter, accommodation provided by the council.
The first rough sleeper street count was conducted in June 2007, when 108 people indicated they had been sleeping rough.
Staff from the organisation were joined by 10 homeless service users, two of whom are currently sleeping rough, to join in with the collection.
Sleeping rough isn't a glamorous social gathering, it's a hard, desperate and often dangerous necessity, where there is everything from children escaping abuse to old soldiers escaping their nightmares.
Ms Anderson had been sleeping rough with her 26-year-old boyfriend, who is not a suspect but is helping police with their inquiries.
Homes of Christians have been burned, one thousand places of worship including Catholic churches have been destroyed, and tens of thousands of homeless Christians are sleeping rough in the jungle and hills without shelter.
TWO brothers will be sleeping rough on the streets of Middlesbrough for the night to raise money for a children's charity.
Whilst it's impossible to accurately recreate the feelings of vulnerability and despair that sleeping rough every night can create, we've found that the sponsored sleep out is a real eye-opener for anyone who takes part.
DNow, after 30 years' sleeping rough on the streets he's helping others.
There are now 300 people sleeping rough in the West Midlands - only London and the South East have more people sleeping rough.
INTREPID Trinity Mirror Midlands staff are taking on the challenge of sleeping rough for a night in a Birmingham car park.
Sleeping Rough, will be aired on the Community Channel next month.
THE managing director of a leading regional technology firm is challenging other business leaders from the region to join him for a night sleeping rough.
A SCHEME to make sure homeless people do not spend more than one night sleeping rough was deemed a success.