badly off

badly off
.badly 'off
comparative worse-off superlative worst-off
adj [not before noun] especially BrE
1.) also bad-off AmE
not having much money
= ↑poor
≠ ↑well-off
2.) badly off for sth
BrE not having enough of something that you need
≠ ↑well-off
The school is rather badly off for equipment.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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