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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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They tend to get involved with alcohol or drugs because living rough is not pleasant and they need a release.
"Anyone who does find any items or believes someone has been living rough on or near their property, the advice is not to touch or disturb them.
Officers believe Redgrave has been living rough in the Long Itchington, Radford Semele and Leamington areas, but may have travelled elsewhere in the county.
They pinpointed woodland near the hamlet of Pantyffynnon as the area where a vagrant, dubbed the "wolfman" by local children, was living rough.
Seventy were counted living rough in Manchester last December, compared with 43 in 2014.
We suspect that the person responsible may be living rough around the town and we are asking people to be particularly aware of their surroundings when parking their cars.
He is believed to be living rough near West Calder, Midlothian.
She is home safe and well now, after two days of living rough.
The group spent the night under umbrellas as downpours gave them a taste of living rough.
The mother, Louise Kimani, and her husband, Paul, were forcibly removed from their village and were living rough in a stadium in Nakuru - until the Shelter boxes full of essential survival equipment arrived.
The day after the story appeared in the Echo, a woman rang police claiming to have seen him living rough near Cardiff Central bus station.
A FORMER drug user who did his coursework while living rough on the streets has also won an adult learning award.
A couple living rough were saved by firefighters in a dramatic rescue after an arsonist torched a derelict house.
A witness has come forward to state she thought she saw the salesman, 32, alive and living rough.
A COUPLE living rough at Heathrow after losing their home have received PS4,000 from well-wishers.