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hard put

Struggling to do or accomplish something, especially because it seems impossible. You'll be hard put to find a better guy than Bill. Come on—if we don't leave soon, we'll be hard put to get there on time.
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hard put (to do something)

 and hard pressed (to do something)
able to do something only with great difficulty. I'm hard put to come up with enough money to pay the rent. I get hard put like that about once a month.
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hard put

Undergoing great difficulty: Under the circumstances, he was hard put to explain himself.
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SETTING UP BANKS for high-speed computer servers and communication hardware is not cheap, and since smaller vendors will be hard put to finance such a venture, it's probable that the wave of consolidation that has plagued the industry for nearly a decade will accelerate.
Tanner, after quoting Bell, comments, "It is little wonder that, almost forty years after Bell issued her challenge, Miltonists are still hard put to find the vocabulary she calls for" (28).
And in many areas of the world, people taking home good paychecks from newly created jobs or who manage companies that are hard put to keep up with the demand for new wood products will agree with her.
So far, however, the pro-business sector is hard put to identify many other large companies with greatly increased workforces.
But most people are hard put to imagine say, successfully sniffing their way blinfolded to the grocery store.
Indeed, the overconscientious (by the standards of that time) physician who looked for some published discussion on organizing medical services better would be hard put to find any.
One would be hard put to it to deduce any of this from H.
Lately, even the spies sometimes seem hard put to define what "national security" is.
Binay was hard put replying to accusations from former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen.
In his view, with the foreseen allocation, the Ombudsman's Office will be hard put to carry out its preventive function.
The advent of so many diverse forms of media has resulted in many businesses being hard put for choice regarding the best medium through which they can promote their products or services.
After 300 years of integration you would be hard put to find an English person without a drop of Scottish blood in them somewhere down the line.
But then I'm hard put to understand how the Games benefit anyone, let alone us lot up in the frozen north.
He can be satisfied with the hard put he put in preparing for this.
At the leaders' meeting on constitutional changes Thursday, BDI leader Ali Ahmeti was hard put to refrain from denying that the initiative for changing the Constitution was governmental.