be under the cosh

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be under the cosh

To be contending with a difficult or stressful situation; to experience pressure or difficulty. Primarily heard in UK. Local businesses have been increasingly under the cosh by the austerity measures imposed by the government after the economic crash. Manchester United has really been under the cosh in this second half. I don't think they've left their own side of the pitch more than a handful of times.
See also: cosh
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I still think that City might have too many flaky individuals who are great when things are going well but are less willing to take responsibility when their team is under the cosh.
BA is under the cosh as it is hit by the slowdown in the US, where a substantial chunk of its business is derived.