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hard put

Struggling to do or accomplish something, especially because it seems impossible. You'll be hard put to find a better guy than Bill. Come on—if we don't leave soon, we'll be hard put to get there on time.
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hard put (to do something)

 and hard pressed (to do something)
able to do something only with great difficulty. I'm hard put to come up with enough money to pay the rent. I get hard put like that about once a month.
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hard put

Undergoing great difficulty: Under the circumstances, he was hard put to explain himself.
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SETTING UP BANKS for high-speed computer servers and communication hardware is not cheap, and since smaller vendors will be hard put to finance such a venture, it's probable that the wave of consolidation that has plagued the industry for nearly a decade will accelerate.
McMahon can look forward to a long career at Westminster - though he'll be hard put to match leftwinger Michael Meacher, who was MP for the constituency for 45 years until his death in October.
A firm like this may purchase goods and services but creditors may later be hard put to collect their claims," says Mitko Aleksov, executive director of the Chambers of Commerce.
After 300 years of integration you would be hard put to find an English person without a drop of Scottish blood in them somewhere down the line.
But then I'm hard put to understand how the Games benefit anyone, let alone us lot up in the frozen north.
He can be satisfied with the hard put he put in preparing for this.
At the leaders' meeting on constitutional changes Thursday, BDI leader Ali Ahmeti was hard put to refrain from denying that the initiative for changing the Constitution was governmental.
With chaos ruling Mathura Road, visitors could be seen hard put to figure out how best to enter Pragati Maidan.
YOU may have seen his face on screen but most cinemagoers will probably be hard put to put a name to it - though that's okay as far as John C Reilly is concerned.
With Wales already in the EU, it would be hard put to justify refusing Wales full membership, for in 2004 the EU conferred full membership upon 10 countries that had previously never been in the EU in any guise - five smaller than Wales.
Hunter's contribution will pose interesting problems for coaches Ian Aitchison and Phil Winstanley, because he is really a fly-half or full-back, and would be hard put to earn a regular place on the wing once the injured Neil Kerfoot returns.
But like all professional performers Twigg is burdened with the baggage of knowing simply too much music and his compositional voice seems hard put to find a consistently individual expression.
Term-limited legislators are hard put to offer the checks and balances against the governor and executive branch that constitute another basic feature of our democracy.
But in looking at a milkstone, the viewer is hard put to distinguish one from the other.