pressed for time


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pressed for time

Having a small or limited amount of time available; in a hurry. I'm sorry, I can't chat for long. I need to go pick up the kids, and I'm a bit pressed for time. Don't plan an elaborate meal if you're pressed for time—we can just order a pizza instead.
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*pressed for time

 and *pushed for time
Fig. needing time; in a hurry. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; get ~; Seem ~.) If I weren't so pressed for time, I could help you. I can't talk to you. I'm too pushed for time. Can't talk to you now. I'm pressed for time.
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pressed for time

In a hurry, as in How long will it take? I'm really pressed for time. This idiom uses press in the sense of "subject to pressure," a usage dating from the late 1600s.
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pressed for time

In a hurry; under time pressure.
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Engaged to be married in July 2007, the two were elated to buy their first home, but they were pressed for time because their apartment lease was expiring.
So pressed for time was the company that the insert-booklet, printed in advance, gives only predicted durations of each movement; being pressed for time is probably the reason that quality-control never got round to checking my copy, where the jewel-case spigots are too big for the hole at the centre of the disc; but being pressed for time also means that the insert-notes make no mention of the actual momentous occasion itself, with its significance for the world of music at large.
But when I'm pressed for time at the office, I might put off eating in the morning," says Fulmore, 36.
You can spot drivers who are pressed for time by their tailgating and frequent lane-changing.