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be hard-pressed

To struggle to do or accomplish something, especially because it seems impossible. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better guy than Bill. Come on—if we don't leave soon, we'll be hard-pressed to get there on time.
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The speed of these regulatory changes, however, has been constrained by recognition of the hardship that could be created at the HMOs, which, because of their typically limited financial flexibility, could be hard pressed to produce the additional capital upon sudden demand.
In the current industry environment, and especially in North America and Europe, we will be hard pressed to match that performance.