be under the cosh

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be under the cosh

To be contending with a difficult or stressful situation; to experience pressure or difficulty. Primarily heard in UK. Local businesses have been increasingly under the cosh by the austerity measures imposed by the government after the economic crash. Manchester United has really been under the cosh in this second half. I don't think they've left their own side of the pitch more than a handful of times.
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And, when England are under the cosh, he would have been the perfect 'out ball'.
O'Neill concedes there will be moments on Saturday when his side are under the cosh.
You lose a game and lose it badly and you are under the cosh, especially if you are the manager.
It's different if you are well on top of teams and playing all your stuff in the final third, but if you are under the cosh then it makes it a bit easier.
When you are under the cosh there is not a better defender in the whole of the league than Danny, and probably not a better one in the league above us,'' he said.
Playing for Northern Ireland you are under the cosh a lot and he is usually very well tested, but he has never let us down.