hard put

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hard put

Undergoing great difficulty: Under the circumstances, he was hard put to explain himself.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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With the suppression of the socialist publishing houses, his meagre royalties ceased, and he was hard-put to make a living; for he had to make a living in addition to all his other labor.
Conservation International Director Matthew Quinlan says the main goal of the Starbucks partnership is to conserve biodiversity and to provide better economic opportunities for small coffee farmers, which have been hard-put to compete as global prices for coffee beans have plummeted.
"Men Prancing" could have been the title of the far-too-frequent interludes that the genuine artists on stage were hard-put to make us forget.
Metapoint has parlayed this advantage into a 47 percent annual rate of return, Galante notes, adding, "An investor would be hard-put to get that return anywhere else in the market." With characteristic modesty, Casey says only that the Peabody, MA-based firm has done "a little better than expected."