be hard put

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be hard put

To struggle to do or accomplish something, especially because it seems impossible. You'll be hard put to find a better guy than Bill. Come on—if we don't leave soon, we'll be hard put to get there on time.
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So I am hard put, chums, to understand why, in these straitened times, David Cameron is throwing PS50 million to mark the START of the First World War in 1914.
I am hard put to connect the brand name Savanna with apples, but the cider is dry, indeed I found it unpleasantly sour, with a gingery overtone.
I am hard put to suggest improvements when something works as well as this.
There are so many superb performances in Peter Hall's production of the Oscar Wilde masterpiece that I am hard put to know where to place the laurel wreaths and floral bouquets.
To be frank, I am hard put to understand why you are hanging on to someone who pretty clearly has little use for you in bed or out of it.
Personally, I am hard put to think of any justification, but at least in our more enlightened days, Ms Penny and her partner will get the chance to explain themselves.