strapped for

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strapped for

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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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