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be hard-pressed

To struggle to do or accomplish something, especially because it seems impossible. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better guy than Bill. Come on—if we don't leave soon, we'll be hard-pressed to get there on time.
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In the long history of foreign trips by senior US officials, I am hard-pressed to find one that is likely to be more counterproductive than this visit.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on the Senate vote to open debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act: I am hard-pressed to remember a vote in the U.
Nevertheless, she agrees with the decision's main point and wrote: 'I am hard-pressed to find that Arroyo's periodic approvals of Uriarte's multiple letter-requests for additional CIF funds-which was the sole justification behind the Sandiganbayan ruling-amount to sufficient evidence which would prove her complicity in the plunder of CIF funds.
Oh yeah, and my beard is more salt than pepper, my knees hurt and I am hard-pressed to get much more than six hours of sleep a night.
That change almost certainly is going to drive some of those advisers (and their sponsoring organizations) away from these programs, though I am hard-pressed to mourn that loss (the proposal left intact the exemption for education, and if those lines are easily crossed, by now surely we all know where they are).
When asked, i am hard-pressed to say why i built this circle.
I am hard-pressed to find four hours and 18 minutes of watchable programmes a week, never mind a day.
I am hard-pressed to recall anyone who possesses the same level of passion, commitment and boundless energy as this man.
Before Hugh I am hard-pressed to remember a single leading actor who could so perfectly play likeable rogues just waiting for the right woman to come along and either cure his social unease or calm down his restless philandering and turn him into the dream mate for life.
In fact, I am hard-pressed to recall a similar text that is as timely, informative or insightful.
228), and some omissions--Filene fails to cite his own dissertation in the bibliography--I am hard-pressed to find serious faults with the author's analysis and his sources.
I am hard-pressed to think of any other European country that hasn't had some project published
During such times, I have to confess, I am hard-pressed to find any mention of corrective or remedial actions taken, whether by government or by hardworking private sector partners.