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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.
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hard pressed

Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [c. 1800]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Blame doesn't lead to the doors of hardpressed parents but a Government plunging families into poverty as it imposes a cruel, failed, self-defeating austerity ideology.
OVER recent years we have seen the closure of facilities for young people, savage cuts to our Surestart Centres, withdrawal of support for hardpressed families and the loss of thousands of community police officers on our streets.
I'd actually be hardpressed to argue that it couldn't work.
His pace and finishing prowess were enough to see off Liverpool and could do plenty of damage to the Brewers, who will be hardpressed to keep the score respectable.
Both the staff and the volunteers offer the sort of expertise which few hardpressed people facing the everyday challenges of austerity and limitation of council services can afford, and they do it only from a desire to help people in distress.
Because it appears that no checks and balances were in place, the hardpressed taxpayers of Northumberland will probably never get to the bottom of the spending outrage.
Speaking to the media, Shah lamented that the latest increase in fuel prices will trouble already hardpressed public.
Today that would have been a real boost for the hardpressed NHS staff.
But, as I have mentioned before, the memorial for the 21 pub bombing victims in Birmingham is hardly a memorial but more like a block of granite, and you would be hardpressed to identify it as a memorial for such a historic terrorist incident.
We meet her as hardpressed nurse Cath, who is good at her job and worried enough about patient neglect to blow the whistle.
MULTI-millionaire Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to "introduce" pay cuts for hardpressed hospital doctors, rather than impose them.
SIR - Plaid Cymru councillors in Caerphilly will oppose a proposed 3.9% hike in council tax on hardpressed residents.
THE country's biggest energy companies seem hell-bent on squeezing the last penny out of hardpressed customers.
I NOTE with interest that the Government is relaxing the regulations to allow more overseas nurses to come to the rescue of the NHS and take up positions in our hardpressed hospitals.
BRITISH Gas has been criticised for not doing more to help hardpressed households - on the day it announced a 5% reduction in gas prices.