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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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CONTESTANT James Arthur slept rough and stole food after his mum kicked him out of their house aged 15.
Friend Irene Sample, 56, of Front Street, Annfield Plain, said Mr Small had lived at a number of addresses and had once slept rough in woods.
Ben Macdonald slept rough in Newcastle in the middle of winter after his mother threw him out of the house in Brunswick.
POLICE have launched a murder inquiry after the death of a homeless Cheshire man who was attacked while he slept rough in the doorway of an off-licence.
Police said the victim regularly slept rough there and was a "muchloved" member of the community.
William slept rough with other homeless people in the run-up to Christmas 2009, settling down next to wheelie bins close to Blackfriars Bridge.
He slept rough with a group of homeless people to highlight the issue in the run-up to Christmas.