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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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The Whitechapel Centre has asked the public to help by calling them on 0300 123 2041 if they see someone sleeping rough.
He has no immediate family and a post-mortem examination indicated that he had only been sleeping rough for a short time.
Sleeping Rough aims to help raise awareness for homelessness in the Scottish capital in the run up to The Rock Trust's annual Sleep Out event in Festival Square on November 7.
Speaking on a YouTube video the night before his week of sleeping rough began, Mr Halpin said the project was part of an application for a Channel 4 investigative journalism scheme, to give an example of fearless reporting.
Staff from the organisation were joined by 10 homeless service users, two of whom are currently sleeping rough, to join in with the collection.
Ms Anderson had been sleeping rough with her 26-year-old boyfriend, who is not a suspect but is helping police with their inquiries.
It includes people sleeping rough but also applies to individuals who are spending time in emergency or temporary accommodation, or otherwise unsuitably housed.
Speaking yesterday, Inner City Helping Homeless spokesman Brian McLoughlin said: "With a snow warning in place for Dublin we have major concerns for the safety of people sleeping rough around the city tonight.
It means the number of people sleeping in doorways and on pavements has doubled since 2013, when 25 people were recorded as sleeping rough.
Coun Ward referred to the death of Paul Williams, who died while sleeping rough in freezing temperatures, as he called for the Government to do more to tackle the national problem.
Thirteen times more people are homeless but hidden than are visibly sleeping rough - as many as 12,500 each night, the London Assembly housing committee's Hidden Homelessness in London report said.
A MISSING 16-year-old from Sussex could be sleeping rough in Newcastle.
In response to the current cold conditions, the State Government has activated its Code Blue emergency winter response for people sleeping rough in metropolitan Adelaide and regional centres across the state.
KATE and Gerry McCann have said it is not believed an English-speaking teenager sleeping rough in Rome is Madeleine - but have said that it is still someone's daughter so "keep trying to identify her".