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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Newtown boss Chris Hughes, the former Prestatyn No2, admitted his side had to dig deep having been under the cosh in the first half.
The Welsh club had been under the cosh against a Coventry side looking for their first back-to-back wins since December.
I think as a team we have all been under the cosh but it has brought us closer together and that shows how united we are.
Schools have long been under the cosh for serving up sub-standard food so it's only fair they ask parents to share responsibility.
NEWTOWN boss Roger Preece admitted his team had been under the cosh for long periods but he saluted his side's perfect start to the season.
Southend had been under the cosh for most of the game, but then Searle struck from close range after Rushden's defence failed to cut out Carl Hutchings' right-wing cross.
The Bury boss has been under the cosh in recent weeks - but put a smile back on the faces of the Shakers fans with a crucial win.
Earlier they had been under the cosh and United went ahead on 51 minutes when Justin Walker got his first goal for the club.