be hard-pressed

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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In past years, CART has attracted up to 100,000 at the speedway, but many believe Miller and staff will be hard-pressed to come close to those numbers.
In the team competition, Hart (19-1, 10-0) will be hard-pressed to improve on its landslide league victories.
If they lose tonight, they will be hard-pressed to upset Oregon on Saturday.