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hard pressed

Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [c. 1800]
See also: hard, press
References in classic literature ?
These were more in number, and stronger, and they were more skilled in the art of war, for they could fight, either from chariots or on foot as the occasion served; in the morning, therefore, they came as thick as leaves and bloom in summer, and the hand of heaven was against us, so that we were hard pressed.
She talks about the hard pressed council, they are so hard pressed they can loan money to all and sundry, and have spent millions implementing numerous non-essential changes to city centre roads.
What an easy solution and saving our hard pressed council workers from all the hard work, as well as saving the council's pennies.
This is intriguing, though younger YAs might be hard pressed to follow the action unless they are already familiar with Volumes 1 & 2.
Should Brazil win the World Cup Varig, as the team's official sponsor, would be hard pressed to bring the victorious 11 home.
He liked the feeling of being downtown, and the space he found at 570 Broad Street had the kind of amenities and level of building management and services that he would be hard pressed to match anywhere in the region.
You'd be hard pressed to convince anyone at ESPN of that these days (my apologies to my pal, Norman Chad, who says they can call it whatever they want as long as the checks clear).
While Washington Burned: The Battle For Fort Erie by Joseph Whitehorne (Historical Consultant and teacher at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia) is a descriptive study of the hard pressed by American forces against the British at Fort Erie.
The "Governator" would have been hard pressed to find any candidate more certain to inflame and alienate the people who elected him to office.
In fact, one would be hard pressed to identify a strong hierarchical system at the operation site.
We probably would have been hard pressed to get a system half this size from another vendor," he says.
But our military is so overextended from invading Iraq, we'd be hard pressed to go after Iran.
Add into the mix that the forecast called for rain, and I was hard pressed to get anyone to come along--after a dozen or so calls, I could only muster up two people to ride with me: Northwest concrete ripper Brent Atchley and my roommate Matt "I can only do inverts" Limo.
Associated Co-operative Creamery in Llandyrnog, near Denbigh in North Wales, has achieved manufacturing efficiencies on its cheddar and hard pressed cheese line through the installation of a new Betavac Super Plus T vacuum packing machine to work with eight existing Tetra Tebel Block Formers and Tetra Tebel OST tanks.
As I read Lowry's Her Dream of Dreams, and examined its mere four pages of sketchy endnotes, I was hard pressed to find any new information or any primary sources of any significance that did not first appear in my book.