be pushed for time

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be pushed 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 pushed for time. Don't plan an elaborate meal if you're pushed for time; we can just order a pizza instead.
See also: push, 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
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I find YouTube advertisements extremely frustrating when I am pushed for time, or when I want to show something to a class, and have often just decided not to bother showing a video if there is a 20 second advertisement tagged on the beginning.
Even if I am pushed for time and trying to meet deadlines, I remember AyE-e had stopped her cleaning, cleared a space on the sofa and took the time to chat, never making me feel as if I was intruding at an inconvenient time.
Keen cook I may be, but I have a good few tricks up my sleeves for those occasions when I am pushed for time or just can't be bothered but can't afford to eat out.