under the cosh

under the cosh

Contending with a difficult or stressful situation; experiencing pressure or difficulty. Primarily heard in UK. Local businesses have been increasingly put under the cosh by the austerity measures imposed by the government after the economic crash. Manchester United has really been under the cosh in this second half. I don't think they've left their own side of the pitch more than a handful of times.
See also: cosh
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Koeman is under the cosh after a terrible start following a PS140million summer investment in the transfer market.
We were under the cosh when they equalised but, to come out of it, when this place was rocking, and win it comfortably, shows a lot about this group.
There were times when we were under the cosh, but with about 10 minutes to go, I think everyone had a feeling we were going to win the game.
When you are under the cosh, you know that you have "When you are under the cosh, you know that you have strikers who can score out of nothing.
With the Hoops under the cosh for much of the 2-2 Austria.
DURHAM virtually guaranteed an unbeaten record for the season when Shivnarine Chanderpaul's first double century in the County Championship put Worcestershire under the cosh at New Road.
The tourists were under the cosh after a stand between Gautam Gambhir (179) and Rahul Dravid (136) took India to 302 for one.
Moving goalposts and changing deckchairs has become a regular feature of clapped-out New Labour's efforts to keep all of us under the cosh.
MOTORISTS are under the cosh, feel taxed to the hilt and face record prices at the pumps.
You lose a game and lose it badly and you are under the cosh, especially if you are the manager.
Under the cosh all afternoon, Hatters' striker Liam Dickinson served up the decisive opener on 63 minutes with a flashing near post header to the top corner.
She has defied medical norms by conceiving and giving birth to a bouncing baby girl, Nel, despite being under the cosh of cancer-beating drugs.
With 89 minutes played Merthyr found themselves under the cosh and again the pace of Gosney caused the problems, the midfielder grabbing his second goal and setting up the replay.
The Greenbacks, again missing half a dozen first regulars, were under the cosh for long periods in the first half.
Rovers were under the cosh for much of the Northwest Conference contest but maintained their discipline.