be destitute

See: lack
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THE plains over which the travellers were journeying continued to be destitute of trees or even shrubs; insomuch that they had to use the dung of the buffalo for fuel, as the Arabs of the desert use that of the camel.
Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that four out of five of those people were born in the UK, while young, single people, particularly men, were more likely to be destitute, although considerable numbers of families were also counted.
Clr Andrew Marchington, Golcar Lib Dem, said they should "welcome" people fleeing oppression while his party leader Clr Kath PinnocK said: "For the SAKE of humanity we should not allow people to be destitute.