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.
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We proved that on Saturday when we were under the cosh a bit.
We were under the cosh when they equalised but, to come out of it, when this place was rocking, and win it comfortably, shows a lot about this group.
Physically, they were under the cosh from the start.
The Scotland team were under the cosh for large chunks of the game but, apart from leaking a brilliant first-half try to Kaito Shigeno, their defence held and in the end their superior scrum paid dividends.
We were under the cosh against Tonga and had to weather the storm.
I can understand where Mike is coming from when he says he was disappointed at the lack of support at Nene Park and that he got a bit of stick from fans behind his goal when the Dragons were under the cosh early on.
Saturday's early `gift' allowed Liverpool to sit back and defend, but they will be relieved to have got something from a game in which they were under the cosh in the second half.
Distillery had more chances but were under the cosh for the last few minutes after Michael Ferguson was sent off.
Although they took the lead with a Rory Lawson penalty, the tourists were under the cosh for most of the match.
The visitors were under the cosh at the start of the second half and it took two blinding saves by Kearton to deny Flack.
The 19-year-old came on for a five-minute cameo at Ewood Park but was still singled out for praise by club legend Alan Shearer who highlighted his crucial last gasp clearance over the bar when United were under the cosh before Oba Martins' second goal.
Ritchie said: "The first half was probably even-steven but in the second half we were under the cosh a bit.
The Bees were under the cosh from the start and it took a series of fine saves from Paul Smith to prevent a rout.
Notts County were under the cosh for the opening 20 minutes but Posh were unable to convert chances into goals.
I can remember plenty of times at Manchester City when we were under the cosh at the back and up would pop up to head the ball away.