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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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While tape drive prices are falling annually, it would be hard pressed to match disk pricing.
Bob made a flippant statement about the "summit" between TEl and the White House, and he suggested that Paul's successor as Regional Vice President would be hard pressed next year to match the day's excitement.