hard-pressed


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hard-pressed

Struggling 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.

hard pressed

Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [c. 1800]
See also: hard, press