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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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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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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.
She said the pair had been sleeping rough and were also thought to have slept rough on a derelict industrial site nearby.
THE fundraising efforts of a group of staff, who slept rough for the night to fight poverty and homelessness, has been boosted by an additional donation by their employer.
He slept rough with a group of homeless people to highlight the issue in the run-up to Christmas.
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.
RAISING AWARENESS: Barclays staff (back row, from left) Stephen Radcliffe, Shaun McEntee and David Goodman and (front, from left) Nick Wyndow, Kervin Julien both from Anesis, Joanne Vale from Johnson Controls and James Wycherley from Barclays, who slept rough for a night to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people.
Richie slept rough as a 16-year-old on the streets of Plymouth in 1980.