strapped for (something)
Having very little of something; deprived of something. Would you mind paying for dinner? I'm a little strapped for cash at the moment. We've been strapped for employees ever since the high schools and colleges
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*strapped for something
needing something, usually money. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I am really strapped for cash. Can you lend me some? Ted is strapped for money and cannot pay his bills.
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In need of, as in We're strapped for cash this week. Originating in the mid-1800s as simply strapped, meaning "in need of money," the term acquired for in the first half of the 1900s. Now the term is also used for other needs, as in I can't give you any more firewood; I'm strapped for it myself.
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