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 suggest improvements when something works as well as this." The magazine also received first place in the poetry category for Margaret Avison's poem "An-Astronomy" (March 2000, page 12), which was praised for its "fresh, succinct" use of language.
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.