hard pressed


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hard-pressed

Struggling 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.

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. They set the battle in array near the ships, and the hosts aimed their bronze-shod spears at one another.
In his speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn will promise a Labour government would "ease the pressure on hard pressed public services" with extra funds.
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.
Cranswick said it had delivered a range of "competitively priced" products for "hard pressed, financially constrained consumers".
What an easy solution and saving our hard pressed council workers from all the hard work, as well as saving the council's pennies.
In an effort to shake its outdated, colonialera name, the company insisted on a complete and immediate change in every type of communication, and today one would be hard pressed to find mention of the old name.
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.
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.
In fact, it is commonly recognized that without volunteers, the VA would be hard pressed to do all that it now does.
Seen on an Imax screen, these images would dazzle, but the grandeur and chiaroscuro of the architecture diminish their impact, while arousing aesthetic expectations the pictures are hard pressed to meet.
Still, Pakistan's problems are so knotty and profound that one is hard pressed to find another solution.
The "Governator" would have been hard pressed to find any candidate more certain to inflame and alienate the people who elected him to office.
A better sampler you'll be hard pressed to find ...