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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
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"But it is far too soon to conclude that it will result in more finance being made available for the hard-pressed construction sector."
This, according to Jordanian ambassador to Lebanon, Ziad Majali who disclosed that Jordanian Army High Command instructed its forces to help in the evacuation of hard-pressed Lebanese out of Abidjan the Ivorian capital.
The Government needs to find a way to stop our hard-pressed police from being bogged down by red tape so they can do their job properly.
Well meaning as it is in attempting to reduce shameless gaming of Medicaid by the wealthy, it brings with it a host of operational burdens and new financial risks for already hard-pressed providers.
IF ONE WERE to try and come up with a single band that epitomizes the fury, chaos, and spirit hardcore has within its marrow, a person would be hard-pressed to leave New York's legendary Sick of it All out of the equation.
(What rhymes with Issey Miyake?) But even with extras, fans will be hard-pressed to scrape together a worthwhile full-length disc.
If "Frequency" seems hard-pressed to achieve the same results--questions of relative quality aside, the idea no longer has the benefit of novelty--this new show, like its predecessor, will go down as an important document of its moment; a consistently intriguing, if predictably uneven, barometer of practices among young artists of African descent whose work, as Golden noted of the class of 2001, remains "deeply interested ...
Later on, the Seawolves also teamed with SEAL teams, and often meant the difference between life and death for the hard-pressed Navy commandos.
When it comes to cruelty-free, 100 percent-plant-ingredient personal care products, you would be hard-pressed to find richer or more luxurious lotions than Max Green Alchemy's line.
"Unless something drastically changes about compensation for residential school experience, then the Anglican church is hard-pressed to come up with dollars for the public inquiry at the moment," she said.
They flood already hard-pressed resources with thousands of asylum seekers, giving them houses and benefits, while denying British citizens benefits, saying they must work, even when incapable.
Part of the fun of community cookbooks is that you would be hard-pressed to find most of them in bookstores; many have to be ordered directly from the source.
Unless they place a premium on parking lot maneuver-ability, they'll be hard-pressed to tell the system is working.
As former Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne notes, "If you ever own ImClone stock, you'd be hard-pressed to explain how Martha Stewart's actions cost you money."
Still, some hard-pressed farmers undoubtedly consider precision agriculture a useful tool.