Definition of the cupboard is bare in English:

the cupboard is bare

phrase

  • There are no resources or money available for a particular purpose.

    ‘Second, Obama could be constrained by a simple fact: the cupboard is bare.’
    • ‘The cupboard is bare, we've given all we've got.’
    • ‘The cupboard is bare, the tank is empty.’
    • ‘The cupboard is bare on the eve of the World Cup.’
    • ‘They believe, unlike Ron Arnold, that the cupboard is bare.’
    • ‘The whole Conservative economic message is that " the cupboard is bare ".’
    • ‘Her response is to tell him that the cupboard is bare.’
    • ‘The problem is that the cupboard is bare behind Smith.’
    • ‘Now this has been got rid of and they will soon find that the cupboard is bare of good money-making ideas.’
    • ‘Currently, the cupboard is bare.’