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be hard pushed

To struggle to do or accomplish something, especially because it seems impossible. You'll be hard-pushed to find a better guy than Bill. Come on—if we don't leave soon, we'll be hard-pushed to get there on time.
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Though in some well-lit situations I can just about manage (airport customs searching rooms, or operating theatres, say) in the lighting that is now the eco-aware choice of most households - mine included - I am hard pushed to make out the numbers on the toaster, let alone decipher clue 17 in the concise crossword.
But I am hard pushed to remember such a complete performance from any of O'Neill's side as Celtic produced against Benfica.
I am hard pushed to think of one business I work with not affected by international factors.
He said, "I am hard pushed to recall an instance where the Today programme, to choose an example, has dealt with a politician of any party - this is not a Labour Party criticism, I'd feel as strongly if I were in any other party - as though they were not a consummate liar who was trying to line their own pockets.