be pressed for time

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be pressed for time

To have a small or limited amount of time available; to be in a hurry. I'm sorry, I can't chat for long. I need to go pick up the kids, and I'm a bit pressed for time. Don't plan an elaborate meal if you're pressed for time; we can just order a pizza instead.
See also: press, time

be pressed/pushed for ˈmoney, ˈspace, ˈtime, etc.

have very little money, time, etc: I’ll have to do those letters tomorrow — I’m a bit pressed for time this afternoon.I’m afraid we’re a bit pushed for space in this office.
See also: press, push
References in classic literature ?
Once made they will be the most beautiful in the world, I do not deny it; but that they may be the most beautiful in the word, they must first be made; and to do this, captain, I am pressed for time.
Now I either do animal-heads if I have enough time, and people-heads if I am pressed for time.
Actually I do not believe I am pressed for time, and I apologize to the reader for a false impression that may be created.