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hard-pressed

or hardpressed

[hahrd-prest] /ˈhɑrdˈprɛst/
adjective
1.
heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.
Origin of hard-pressed
1815-1825
1815-25
Synonyms
assailed, plagued, beset, bedeviled, beleaguered.
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  • Herron's men were hard pressed, but grimly they held to their position, awaiting the arrival of Blunt.

  • That was a possibility to be considered only if he should be hard pressed.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • He rarely takes to the wing, and then only when hard pressed.

    Memoirs of Orange Jacobs Orange Jacobs
  • They 're so hard pressed for messengers, they've got no time to examine you.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • He will not live an ordinary life, and at times he has been hard pressed to live at all.

British Dictionary definitions for hard pressed

hard-pressed

adjective
1.
in difficulties: the swimmer was hard-pressed
2.
subject to severe competition
3.
subject to severe attack
4.
closely pursued
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Idioms and Phrases with hard pressed

hard pressed

Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [ c. 1800 ]
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