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live rough

To be homeless and thus be forced to live and sleep outside. The government's aim is to have the number of people living rough halved in five years' time. I lived rough for a couple of years after my house was repossessed. It's not something I would wish on anyone.
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live rough

live and sleep outdoors as a consequence of having no proper home.
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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.
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Robert Sinclair, 51, lived rough in the country for 23 years, stealing food to survive.
Lawyers for Bell, who lived rough in a car park at Tunbridge Wells, were given permission to appeal after describing the decision as an "abuse of the court".
Karen said: "OK, so he lived rough and drank too much.
John Edwards, from Clontarf in Dublin, lived rough in London during a 24-year period of addiction to booze and pills.
Bain, who has lived rough in the Falkirk area for eight years, admitted a breach of the peace at a police station.
Many years ago, through no fault of my own, I lived rough on London's streets or in incredibly revolting hostels for six months.