be hard-pressed

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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One would be hard-pressed to acquire a major asset Downtown for under $60 psf in today's market.
Any mutual fund manager who watched his portfolio decline by 33 percent in a single quarter could point to "the inner dragon" that forced him to "confront his own shadow." People who regularly are interrupted at work by their inner dragons don't have time to read publications such as Value Line or Barron's or Investor's Daily, and would probably be hard-pressed to keep their eyes on the Quotron machine.
Many end up in museum lobbies, but one would be hard-pressed to make a case for them as "institutional critique," a "genre" that itself is rapidly becoming an obligatory form of spectacle (the fact that MOMA hung its own survey of this cottage industry, "Museum as Muse," is the kiss of death).