1. not having much money; poor ⇒ It is outrageous that people doing well-paid jobs should moan about how badly off they are., ⇒ We're not badly off, but we're not rich either., ⇒ tax breaks for badly-off families
2. being at a disadvantage ⇒ The average working week in Japan is 42.3 hours, compared with 41.6 in the UK, so British workers are not too badly off., ⇒ We are not too badly off here. We have most of the things we need., ⇒ There are people much worse off than me.
3. lacking something; not having enough of something ⇒ We are rather badly off for trained secretarial staff since Janice and Barbara left., ⇒ The Smiths are even worse off for space than we are.
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