be hard put to (do something)

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be hard put to (do something)

To be struggling 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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hard put, be

Find something very difficult, as in The show was so bad that I was hard put to conceal my dismay, or Manufacturers will be hard put to meet the new standards. [c. 1700]
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be hard put (to it) to

find it very difficult to.
2001 Marc Blake 24 Karat Schmooze He wore an Armani suit with a navy shirt, a club tie (although the vintners would have been hard put to name the actual club) and a Freemasonry pin.
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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.
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.
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.
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.