under pressure

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*under pressure

1. and *under a deadline; *under the gun (about something) Fig. facing or enduring something such as pressure or a deadline. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I have to get back to work. I am under a deadline. I am under a lot of pressure lately. The management is under the gun for the mistakes made last year.
2. [of a gas or liquid] being forced, squeezed, or compressed. (*Typically: be ~; deliver something ~; put something ~.) The gas in the pipes leading to the oven are under pressure.
See also: pressure
References in classic literature ?
She had told me, bit by bit, under pressure, a great deal; but a small shifty spot on the wrong side of it all still sometimes brushed my brow like the wing of a bat; and I remember how on this occasion--for the sleeping house and the concentration alike of our danger and our watch seemed to help-- I felt the importance of giving the last jerk to the curtain.
UNDER PRESSURE A galaxy can get gutted in two ways.
In this new process, a closed system sets the melt under pressure, providing the operator with direct control over the melt's flow rate and the ability to elicit a quick response to the pressure to begin filling.
Researchers instead must rely on physical inferences and mathematical extrapolations that are based on more readily measurable properties of the materials under pressure.
Castings produced when molten metal solidifies between die halves under pressure are said to be squeeze cast.
While it is still too early in the game to say which of these ideas is correct, Wong and his colleagues have at least taken a first step toward elucidating the behavior of isolated membranes and anesthetics under pressure.