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sleep rough

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) To sleep outdoors, without a place to go home to.
    • 2018, The Observer, The Observer view on the budget and the decade of austerity, 28 October :
      But there is perhaps no more visible manifestation of austerity than the disgraceful levels of homelessness we see in Britain today. Tents and mattresses lining the streets of towns and cities across the country, home to people forced to sleep rough, have become an increasingly common sight.

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