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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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  • When hard-pressed by its enemies, it abandons it for a time, but returns to take it up as soon as the combat is concluded.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Dancing, hard-pressed, made a dash to break through the circle to liberty.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • Now, all that the dogs can stand, Uncle, for I misdoubt well be hard-pressed to keep the life in him till we get him back to camp.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • He will also, when hard-pressed, take the most desperate leaps to avoid his foes.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The hard-pressed crew of the Blenny responded to it, but they had to exert every nerve and muscle to keep the enemy at bay.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
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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